US an­nounces new Iran sanc­tions over mis­siles, terror sup­port

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Wash­ing­ton, US - The United States an­nounced new sanc­tions against Iran on Tues­day over its bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme and what it called Tehran’s sup­port for ter­ror­ist groups in the Mid­dle East.

The sanc­tions an­nounced by the State Depart­ment tar­get 18 in­di­vid­u­als or en­ti­ties de­scribed as sup­port­ing Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile pro­gramme or the elite Repub­li­can Guard.

The an­nounce­ment came a day af­ter the US cer­ti­fied that Iran was com­ply­ing with the land­mark nu­clear deal signed two years ago with it and other world pow­ers, but also warned it was pre­par­ing new sanc­tions.

“The US re­mains deeply con­cerned about Iran’s ma­lign ac­tiv­i­ties across the Mid­dle East which un­der­mine re­gional sta­bil­ity, se­cu­rity, and pros­per­ity,” State Depart­ment said.

It cited Iran’s sup­port for Hezbol­lah, Ha­mas, the regime of Syr­ian Pres­i­dent Bashar As­sad and Houthi rebels in Ye­men fight­ing a US-backed coali­tion led by Saudi Ara­bia.

Ear­lier on Tues­day, Iran’s par­lia­ment voted to ur­gently work to­wards in­creas­ing funds for the coun­try’s mis­sile pro­gramme and Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards in re­sponse to Wash­ing­ton’s ‘ad­ven­tur­ism’ in the re­gion, me­dia re­ported.

The pro­posed bill, pub­lished by the ISNA news agency, man­dates the gov­ern­ment to al­lo­cate an ad­di­tional US$260mn to the joint armed forces for the ‘devel­op­ment of the mis­sile pro­gramme’ and the same amount to the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guards’ for­eign op­er­a­tions wing, the Quds Force.

The mo­tion sends a clear mes­sage to the Amer­i­cans that Iran’s par­lia­ment ‘will re­sist them with all its power’, speaker Ali Lar­i­jani said.

Source: ROP

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