U.S. in­ten­si­fies pres­sure on Iran, sanc­tion­ing pair, 5 com­pa­nies

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - - NATION & WORLD -

WASH­ING­TON — The Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion is ratch­et­ing up sanc­tions on Iran fol­low­ing the pres­i­dent’s with­drawal from the 2015 in­ter­na­tional accord that curbed Tehran’s abil­ity to de­velop nu­clear weapons.

The Trea­sury Depart­ment on Thurs­day black­listed two in­di­vid­u­als and five com­pa­nies in the Mid­dle East, Africa and Europe that it said were fi­nanc­ing the Iran-backed Hezbol­lah mil­i­tant group based in Le­banon.

The sanc­tions mean any as­sets that the per­sons or com­pa­nies might have in the United States or in U.S. in­sti­tu­tions will be frozen, and Amer­i­cans can­not do busi­ness with the targets.

This was the ad­min­is­tra­tion’s third puni­tive ac­tion this week against Iran or en­ti­ties tied to the coun­try. The U.S. pulled out of the accord May 9.

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