US slaps more sanctions on Iran's nuclear, ballistic missile programs

Brian Hook (R), the US special representative on Iran, checks what Saudi officials said were Iranian-made Houthi missiles and drones intercepted over Saudi territory, June 21, 2019. (File Photo: AFP)

Washington Thursday expanded the scope of its sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military and ballistic missile programs, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced.

“Today, I expanded the scope of Iran metals sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military, and ballistic missile programs. Knowingly transferring any of these 22 metals to Iran is now sanctionable,” Pompeo tweeted.

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He added: “Our pressure will continue until Iran behaves like a normal nation.”

In a separate statement released, Pompeo said he was continuing his determination “that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) controls Iran’s construction sector.”

As a result, Pompeo said, “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.”

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