US imposes new sanctions on Iran’s ballistic missile program

The Treasury Department announced the new sanctions against the unit of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps responsible for research and development of ballistic missiles, as well as the Iranian company Parchin Chemical Industries and an Iranian intermediary who worked on the purchasing parts for missile propulsion.

“Iran’s ballistic missile activities continue to destabilize the Middle East region, and the United States will continue to use every tool at its disposal to disrupt them,” Secretary of State Antony said Wednesday. Blinken in a statement.

The new sanctions come as the United States is still trying to reach an agreement with Iran to rejoin the nuclear deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action. While US officials said a deal appeared close earlier this month, there have been signs in recent days that it may not be imminent.

US special envoy for Iran Robert Malley told CNN’s Becky Anderson in Doha on Sunday that a nuclear deal “is not imminent and is not inevitable” due to outstanding issues, including Tehran’s demands regarding the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Also on Sunday, Blinken said in a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that the United States would counter Iran’s hostile actions regardless of what happens with the nuclear deal. “Deal or no deal, we will continue to work together and with other partners to counter Iran’s destabilizing behavior in the region,” Blinken said.

The Treasury Department said Wednesday’s sanctions were being enacted following the March 13 missile attack on Erbil. The missiles landed near the US consulate building in Erbil which is under construction, although the State Department said they did not hit any US facilities.

The Treasury statement also cited “the Iran-activated Houthi missile attack on a Saudi Aramco facility on March 25 as well as other missile attacks by Iranian proxies against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. “, saying that all the attacks “are a reminder that Iran’s development and proliferation of ballistic missiles continues to pose a serious threat to international security.”

“As the United States continues to call on Iran to fully comply with the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, we will not hesitate to target those who support Iran’s ballistic missile program,” the official said. Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian Nelson in a statement. “We will also work with other partners in the region to hold Iran accountable for its actions, including gross violations of the sovereignty of its neighbours.”


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