The united states have hit Iran, with new sanctions targeting many transport firms it accused of transporting lethal aid from Iran to Yemen and proliferating weapons of mass destruction. In announcing the measures on December 11, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also expressed hope that a weekend prisoner swap with Iran could lead to a dialogue between Washington and Tehran over prisoners.
The Treasury added a layer of latest penalties to Mahan Air, which is accused of flying fighters and supplies to Syria to support President Bashar al-Assad. The department also designated 3 of the airline’s sales offices located in Hong Kong and Dubai.
The moves can subject to foreign corporations and governments that do business with the targeted entities to sanctions themselves.
In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the Islamic Republic of Iran “uses its aviation and shipping industries to produce its regional terrorist and militant teams with weapons, directly conducive to the devastating humanitarian crises in Asian countries and Yemen.”
Tensions have heightened between the Islamic Republic of Iran and Washington since President Donald Trump last year withdrew us from the 2015 nuclear accord that offered Iran sanctions relief in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.
Washington has since reimposed crippling sanctions on the Iranian economy, while Teheran has gradually reduced the number of its commitments underneath the deal.
Trump needs to force Iran to renegotiate the agreement, arguing that the terms were not powerful enough to prevent Teheran from developing nuclear weapons, agreeing on curbs to its ballistic-missile program, and ending its support for “proxy” teams across the Middle East.
Iran has so far refused to do so.
“As long as [Iran’s] malign behavior continues, thus can our campaign of most pressure” against the Muslim republic, Pompeo told reporters in Washington.
The state secretary called the December 7 release of Princeton graduate student Xiyue Wang in exchange for an Iranian jailed in us a “happier note” that would yield progress.
“I do hope the exchange that befell can result in a broader discussion on diplomatist affairs. we are operating to use this as a chance to continue that effort,” Pompeo said. “I hope that it portends well. we have had some indication that that may be the case,” he added, while not elaborating.
U.S. officials say Iran is holding one Yankee citizen and 5 dual U.S.-Iranian nationals.
Iran says U.S. authorities are holding some twenty Iranian nationals in jail, and minister Muhammad Javad Zarif on December nine said Teheran was “fully ready” for more prisoner exchanges with Washington.
Also on December 11, Iranian Foreign Ministry voice Abbas Musavi unemployed as “unacceptable interference” in Iran’s state matters French President Emmanuel Macron’s concern the discharge of 2 French nationals confined within the country since June, consistent with state press association IRNA. Musavi’s comments come back a day once macron called for the immediate release of Fariba Adelkhah and Roland Marchal.