They are the latest in a list of sanctions intended to step up the weight on Tehran.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Washington had sanctioned seven firms, including Chinese-based Jiangyin Mascot Special Steel Co and UAE-based Accenture Building Materials, and two people for shipping steel to or from Iran.
He explained Iran’s Marine Industries Organization, Aerospace Industries Organization, and the Iran Aviation Industries Organization had likewise been denounced over conventional arms proliferation.
In a statement later on Friday, Pompeo announced he was further expanding the range of metals-related sanctions against Iran imposed by the State Department.
Those who deliberately transfer 15 materials which the State Department says are used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs, including particular types of aluminum and steel, would be subject to sanctions, he explained.
The Iranian president’s chief of staff, Mahmoud Vaezi, rejected the sanctions.
Throughout his four years in office, U.S. President Donald Trump has attempted to push Tehran back into discussions over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and its actions in the Middle East. Announcing the agreement did not go far enough, Trump in 2018 left an Iran nuclear deal, which Tehran struck with world powers in 2015 to rein in its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.
In fact, officials in the incoming Biden administration have already started holding quiet talks with Iran on a return to the 2015 nuclear agreement, and have informed Israel on those discussions.
US President-elect Joe Biden has shown his intention to return to the agreement, while Israel is pushing for any return to the agreement to hold new restrictions on Iran’s ballistic missile program and assistance of terror and destabilization around the world.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gathers a team to strategize for the first discussions with the Biden administration on Iran’s nuclear program.
The team will include officials representing national security elements, the Foreign Ministry, the Defense Ministry, the military, the Mossad spy agency, and the Atomic Energy Commission.
US President-elect Joe Biden is assumed to take a more agreeable approach to Iran than the Trump administration and has announced that if Iran returns to the terms of the 2015 nuclear agreement, he too would go back, taking off the crushing economic sanctions that have wreaked havoc on the Iranian economy over the past two years.