U.S. slaps sanctions on Iran firms after satellite launch
WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States imposed sanctions on Friday at six key company affiliates for Iran’s ballistic missile program, citing “continuing provocation”, such as the launch by Tehran of a rocket capable of Satellite in orbit.
Iranian government television on Thursday announced that Iran had successfully tested a rocket capable of delivering satellites into orbit, an action that the United States and others declare to be a violation of a Security Council resolution due to its potential use in the Development of ballistic missiles.
A joint statement today by the US, France, Germany and Britain said the launch was inconsistent with a Security Council resolution U.N. Urging Iran not to carry out such tests.
The foreign assets control of the US Treasury Office has imposed sanctions on six Iranian companies owned or controlled by the Shahid Hemmat industrial group.
The measure allows the United States government to block all the good of society under its jurisdiction and prevents US citizens do business with companies.
“These sanctions … underscore the deep concern of the United States over Iran’s current development and testing of ballistic missiles and other acts of provocation,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said in a statement.
“The US government will continue to aggressively fight Iranian ballistic missile activity if it is a provocative launch space … or propensitive to missile attacks from Yemen Houthi against Saudi Arabia, as it happened last weekend, “Said M. Mnuchin.
The six Shahid Hemmat units led by US sanctions make missile components, missile rockets, liquid propellant ballistic missile engines, liquid propellants, guidance and control systems. They are also researching and maintenance related to missiles.
The Treasury movement was announced just hours after the United States Senate voted almost unanimously to impose new sanctions on Iran, Russia and North Korea.
The move has put President Donald Trump, who has sought to improve relations with Russia in a difficult position, forcing him to sign the bill or a veto stick for his party.
The sanctions in this bill also address Iran’s missile development programs as well as human rights violations.
The State Department accused Iran of testing the satellite launch vehicle on Thursday was a violation of UN Security Council resolutions as well as the spirit of Iran’s multinational nuclear deal that Tehran agreed to curb its Nuclear program in exchange for lifting some economic sanctions.
US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, said Trump administration would continue to impose consequences on Iran until it fully complies with U.S. resolutions.
“The problem with Iran is reduced to mistrust. Iran’s broad support for terrorism tells us that we can not trust them. Iran has violated its missile control obligations said we can not trust them. Again, “it said in a statement.