Monday, 03 August, 2020

U.S. expands scope of Iran metals sanctions

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo prepares to testify during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing on the State Department's 2021 budget in the Dirksen Senate Office Building in Washington D.C. U.S US Expands Sanctions Against Iran to Target Nuclear Military Ballistic Missile Programs- Pompeo REUTERS POOL
Deanna Wagner | 01 August, 2020, 13:43

"Launching ballistic missiles in Payambar-e Azam 14 [The Great Prophet] military exercise: the name and features of this missile are confidential", Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' (IRGC) Aerospace Force Brigadier General, Amir Ali Hajizadeh said in a tweet on July 29.

The top USA diplomat also said that Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps still controls Iran's construction sector and therefore anyone who knowingly transfers certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran to be used in connection with the construction sector may be sanctioned.

It said the message of the drills to neighboring and friendly countries was peace and friendship as well as security for the region while the global arrogance received the message of the Iranian nation and Armed Forces' preparedness, vigilance and steadfastness in the face of enemies' plots and threats.

"As a result of this IRGC determination, any knowing transfer of certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran to be used in connection with the construction sector of Iran remains sanctionable", his statement said.

Secretary of State, Michael Pompeo made the announcement on Thursday. Aluminum powder is a key ingredient in solid-fuel propellants used to launch missiles.

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United States sanctions against Tehran were reimposed after President Donald Trump in 2018 announced a unilateral withdrawal from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, also known as the Iran nuclear deal.

Stating that Iran has never started a war, IRGC said that it will give a decisive and crushing response to any aggression against country's territorial integrity, security and national interests.

Russian Federation and China, two of the Permanent Five nations that enjoy veto power on the Security Council, want the UN embargo on selling conventional weapons to Iran to end on October 18 as laid out under a 2015 resolution.

"We hope that it will be approved by the other permanent members" of the Council, he said, while considering it probable that China, even Russian Federation, will use their right of veto to s' oppose it.

Tehran said it would not accept the renewal of the embargo.