Sanctions are aimed at countering the nuclear threat and the proliferation of missiles and conventional weapons
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announces massive new sanctions against Iran.
«The Trump administration has made it clear that the United States will do everything it can to prevent the Islamic Republic of Iran, the world’s leading sponsor of terrorism and anti-Semitism, from spreading death and chaos throughout the Middle East and around the world., – said Pompeo. – Rather than wait for the day when Iran threatens the world with nuclear weapons, the United States is taking responsible action, continuing the tradition of American global leadership.».
«Today, under the leadership of President Donald Trump, the State Department, Treasury and Commerce Department have taken important action to counter Iran’s nuclear threats and the proliferation of missiles and conventional weapons., – said the secretary of state. – In each of these areas, the Islamic Republic of Iran poses a unique threat to peace. The regime uses its nuclear program to blackmail the international community and threaten regional and international security».
Iran has the largest ballistic missile force in the Middle East and supplies missiles and technology to players like the Houthis in Yemen and «Hezbollah» in Lebanon and Syria.
«Over the past year, the United States and its partners have repeatedly intercepted Iranian weapons directed by Houthis, demonstrating that the regime continues to use its arsenal of conventional weapons to destabilize the Middle East and incite sectarian violence and terrorism throughout the region.».
As the secretary of state stressed, the sanctions demonstrate that the United States will not hesitate to confront threats from Iran..
US President Donald Trump Issues New Ordinance On Iran-Related Conventional Arms Supplies. «The UN arms embargo on Iran is being extended indefinitely and we guarantee that it will remain in effect until Iran changes its behavior. New Executive Order gives us the tools to hold accountable actors seeking to evade the embargo», – explained Pompeo.
In accordance with the new decree, the State Department sanctioned the Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Armed Forces of Iran, the Defense Industry Organization of Iran and its director Mehrdad Ahlagi-Ketabchi, as well as Venezuelan leader Nicolas Maduro.
State Department and Ministry of Finance imposed sanctions on six individuals and three legal entities associated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
The Ministry of Finance has added three more individuals and four entities associated with the Iranian Industrial Group to the sanctions list «Shahid Hemmat», which deals with liquid propellant ballistic missiles.
«We will continue and expand our sanctions until Iran is ready to complete comprehensive negotiations aimed at addressing the regime’s malicious behavior, – said Pompeo. – We are always open to diplomacy with Iran, but Iran must respond with diplomacy, not escalation of violence, bloodshed and nuclear extortion. Until then, the maximum pressure will continue».
The sanctions against Iran were announced at a press conference held on Monday at the US Foreign Office..
Of these persons against whom sanctions are being imposed, Secretary of State Pompeo also named Hamid Reza Gadirian and Ahmad Shivai, and then Minister of Commerce Wilbur Ross added to them a number of other persons associated with the Iranian laboratory. «Jabber ibn Hayyan» and with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran.
Following Mike Pompeo, National Security Adviser Robert O spoke at the press conference.’Brian.
«Today, – noted about’Brian, – President Trump has taken a decisive step to restrict Iran’s access to technologies for the production of nuclear weapons, ballistic missiles and conventional weapons. The UN Security Council did not extend the term of the embargo on the development and acquisition of weapons by Iran, and thus, unfortunately, was unable to fulfill its function of ensuring international peace and security. Unlike the UN, the United States will not allow Iran to become an importer or exporter of ballistic missiles and other advanced weapons systems, and thus endanger the Middle East and the rest of the world. When the current embargo expires, Iran will certainly try to act as a global arms dealer».
ABOUT’Brian pointed out that, under the Obama administration, the White House, instead of increasing pressure on Tehran, approved the easing of sanctions against the Ayatollah regime, and also provided the Islamic Republic in cash assistance in the form of $ 1.8 billion. However, the presidential adviser stressed, these funds did not go to the people of Iran, but to finance military conflicts in the Middle East..
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«President Trump’s decree, – continued by Robert O’Brian, – stop Iran’s export of conventional weapons to various rogue regimes. It also prohibits the sale of weapons to Iran by those states that produce them for export, so that Iran cannot ship these weapons to terrorists and rogue regimes. Simply put, the United States cannot stand aside and passively watch Iran destabilize the region and beyond.».
US Treasury Secretary Stephen Mnuchin noted that his department also included in the sanctions list [legal entities and individuals] those supporting Iran’s nuclear weapons and ballistic missile programs, as well as the top managers of these programs, including three directors and three legal entities subordinate to the Organization for Atomic Energy of Iran (AEOI).
Defense Secretary Mark Esper said: «Over the past two years, Iran has carried out attacks on international shipping, regional infrastructure, and the military forces of the United States and its allies. These included missile strikes against US bases and their personnel in Iraq by militants linked to Iran.».
«That is why the US Department of Defense is taking decisive steps to ensure the protection of our valiant men and women in military service in the region and to restore the containment system and international rules and regulations regarding freedom of commerce and navigation.», – Esper stressed.
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