West de­cries Iran rocket launch

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WASH­ING­TON — The United States pun­ished Iran on Fri­day for launch­ing a satel­lite-car­ry­ing rocket into space by hit­ting six Ira­nian en­ti­ties with sanc­tions tar­get­ing the coun­try’s bal­lis­tic mis­siles pro­gram.

Three Euro­pean na­tions that helped bro­ker the land­mark Iran nu­clear deal in 2015 joined the U.S. in con­demn­ing the launch, and said it was too close for com­fort to the type of in­ter­con­ti­nen­tal bal­lis­tic mis­siles used to de­liver a nu­clear pay­load. At the United Na­tions, U.S. Am­bas­sador Nikki Ha­ley said Iran was “break­ing its obli­ga­tion” and added, “We can’t trust them.”

“Un­der this ad­min­is­tra­tion, the United States will not let Iran off the hook for be­hav­ior that threat­ens our in­ter­ests and our al­lies,” Ha­ley said. “We will con­tinue to im­pose con­se­quences un­til Iran stops its provo­ca­tions and com­plies fully with Se­cu­rity Coun­cil res­o­lu­tions.”

The U.S. sanc­tions hit six Ira­nian sub­sidiaries of the Shahid Hem­mat In­dus­trial Group, de­scribed by the Trea­sury Depart­ment as “cen­tral” to Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­siles pro­gram. Trea­sury Sec­re­tary Steven Mnuchin cast the sanc­tions as part of an on­go­ing U.S. ef­fort to ag­gres­sively op­pose Iran’s bal­lis­tic mis­sile ac­tiv­ity, in­clud­ing what he called a “provoca­tive space launch” car­ried out by the Is­lamic Repub­lic on Thurs­day.

In an­other al­le­ga­tion against the U.S. ad­ver­sary, Mnuchin said that mis­sile at­tacks on U.S. part­ner Saudi Ara­bia over the week­end by Houthi rebels in Ye­men had likely come with the sup­port of Iran. The U.S. has long ac­cused Tehran of ship­ping weapons to the Houthis, a Shi­ite group that con­trols part of Ye­men and is be­ing fought by a Saudi-led coali­tion.

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