U.S. targets Iran with new economic sanctions over its ballistic missile program

JULY 18, 2017 / 15H:08 GMT/UTC/ZULU TIME

by Suzanne Gould and Biodun Iginla, BBC News and Reuters, Washington DC

WASHINGTON — The Trump administration on Tuesday unveiled new economic sanctions against Iran over its ballistic missile program and for contributing to regional tensions, one day after warning Tehran that it was not following the spirit of its nuclear agreement with world powers.

The U.S. Department of Treasury, in a statement, said it was targeting 16 entities and individuals for supporting what is said was “illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity.”

Those sanctioned had backed Iran’s military or Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) by developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuring electronic components, the U.S. said. Others has also ‘orchestrated the theft of U.S. and Western software programs’ sold to Iran’s government, the Treasury Department said.

The U.S. State Department had also designated two Iranian organizations involved in Iran’s ballistic missile program, according to the Treasury Department.

Posted by Biodun Iginla at 7:13 AM

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Labels: ballistic missile program, BBC News and Reuters, iran, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), Suzanne Gould and Biodun Iginla, Trump administration, U.S. Department of Treasury

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