Iran hits U.S. with its own sanc­tions

Ac­tion seems to be more sym­bolic than any­thing else.

Austin American-Statesman - - MORE OF TODAY’S TOP NEWS - By Nasser Karimi

Iran on Sun­day sanc­tioned what it de­scribed as 15 Amer­i­can com­pa­nies, al­leg­ing they sup­port ter­ror­ism, re­pres­sion and Is­rael’s oc­cu­pa­tion of land Pales­tini­ans want for a fu­ture state, likely in re­tal­i­a­tion for sanc­tions ear­lier an­nounced by the U.S.

The wide-rang­ing list from an Amer­i­can real es­tate com­pany to a ma­jor arms man­u­fac­turer ap­peared more sym­bolic than any­thing else as the firms weren’t im­me­di­ately known to be do­ing busi­ness any­where in the Is­lamic Repub­lic.

A For­eign Min­istry state­ment car­ried by the staterun IRNA news agency said the sanc­tions barred com­pa­nies from any agree­ments with Ira­nian firms and that for­mer and cur­rent di­rec­tors would not be el­i­gi­ble for visas. It also said any of the com­pany’s as­sets in Iran could be seized.

“The sanc­tioned com­pa­nies have, di­rectly and/or in­di­rectly, been in­volved in the bru­tal atroc­i­ties com­mit­ted by the Zion­ist regime in the oc­cu­pied Pales­tinian ter­ri­to­ries, or they have sup­ported the regime’s ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties and Is­rael’s de­vel­op­ment of Zion­ist set­tle­ments on the Pales­tinian soil,” the IRNA re­port said.

The IRNA re­port re­ferred to the sanc­tions as a “re­cip­ro­cal act,” with­out elab­o­rat­ing. Iran’s new sanc­tions comes af­ter the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion in Fe­bru­ary sanc­tioned more than two dozen peo­ple and com­pa­nies in re­tal­i­a­tion for a re­cent bal­lis­tic mis­sile test.

The com­pa­nies named did not im­me­di­ately re­spond to re­quests for com­ment Sun­day. They in­cluded ITT Corp., mis­sile-maker Raytheon Co. and United Tech­nolo­gies Corp. Den­ver’s Re/ Max Hold­ings Inc., a real es­tate com­pany, also made the list. One of the named com­pa­nies, Is­raeli de­fense con­trac­tor El­bit, de­clined to com­ment on the mat­ter.

Another firm on the list, truck maker Oshkosh, has worked closely with Is­raeli ar­mored prod­ucts maker Plasan, in­clud­ing on the Sand Cat ar­mored ve­hi­cle that is used by sev­eral coun­tries, in­clud­ing Is­rael. The Is­raeli De­fense Min­istry is re­port­edly seek­ing to buy some 200 tac­ti­cal trucks from the Oshkosh, Wis­con­sin-based com­pany.

Kahr Arms and Mag­num Re­search, two sanc­tioned firms which share the same par­ent com­pany, ad­ver­tise .44-cal­iber Mag­num and .50-cal­iber “Desert Ea­gle” pis­tols — a prod­uct line that pre­vi­ously has been made in Is­rael.

Mean­while, a se­nior Ira­nian law­maker said Iran would con­sider a bill brand­ing the U.S. mil­i­tary and the CIA as ter­ror­ist groups if the U.S. Congress passes a bill des­ig­nat­ing Iran’s Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard a ter­ror­ist or­ga­ni­za­tion.

Al­laed­din Borou­jerdi, the head of par­lia­ment’s na­tional se­cu­rity and for­eign pol­icy com­mit­tee, was quoted by Ira­nian state tele­vi­sion as say­ing the move to fur­ther sanc­tion the Rev­o­lu­tion­ary Guard goes against the 2015 nu­clear deal Iran reached with the United States and other world pow­ers.

The nu­clear deal saw Iran agree to limit its en­rich­ment of ura­nium in ex­change for the lift­ing of some eco­nomic sanc­tions.

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