Trump set to sanction 25 Iranian entities after missile test

Feb 06, 2017, 01:04
Trump set to sanction 25 Iranian entities after missile test

The US Treasury Department said it has published a list of 13 Iranian figures and 12 entities facing new sanctions.

Iran intends to impose restrictions on United States individuals and entities backing regional terrorist groups, in retaliation for fresh U.S. sanctions against more than two dozen Iranian nationals and entities over a recent missile test-launch.

"Iran has been formally PUT ON NOTICE for firing a ballistic missile".

The new designations stuck to areas that remain under sanctions even with the 2015 nuclear deal in place, such as the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and Iran's ballistic missile program.

The accusation that Iran violated the nuclear accord was also made by Trump's National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The official said the U.S. wants to work with Iran when it abides by its worldwide commitments, but would continue to pressure Iran to change its behaviour. "You are going to see an effort to really change the terms of this over time".

But Iran has said it will not yield to "useless" American threats from "an inexperienced person".

Also under the 2015 United Nations resolution endorsing the deal, Iran was asked to refrain from work on ballistic missiles created to deliver nuclear weapons for up to eight years.

On Saturday, Iran announced that it will take "reciprocal action" against US individuals and companies. Tehran said it was not in contravention of a nuclear deal, but the new U.S. ambassador to the United Nations called the test "unacceptable".

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In contrast, Ryan said he not only supports Trump's tough stance and new sanctions against Iran, but believes more sanctions should be added.

Iran is one of seven predominantly Muslim countries targeted by a visa ban Washington ordered last week.

During his presidential campaign, Trump said he would renegotiate the deal.

In a tweet on February 3, Trump warned that Iran is "playing with fire".

Flynn said some of Iran's "provocative" behavior included the ballistic missile launch and an attack conducted by Iran-supported Houthi militants on a Saudi naval vessel on Monday.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting on January 31 and referred the matter to its committee on Iran for an investigation.

That deal was seen as one of President Obama's key global achievements, but Mr Trump has spoken of his disdain for the agreement. While Saudi Arabia and the ousted government in Yemen insist the Houthi rebels are Iranian-backed, and the claim is often repeated unsourced by various US media outlets, no substantive evidence of the claim has materialized.