U.S announces sanctions on Iran’s nuclear suppliers

Mar 30, 2022: The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions against several entities involved in the purchase of equipment for Tehran’s nuclear program.

Treasury Under-Secretary for Terrorism Brian Nelson said in a statement that the move “strengthens” Washington’s commitment to preventing Iran from developing ballistic missiles.

He said that while the United States continues to seek “Iran’s full return” to the 2015 nuclear deal, it “will not hesitate to target those who support Iran’s ballistic missile program.”

“We will also work with other partners in the region to hold Iran accountable for its actions, including gross violations of the sovereignty of its neighbors,” he said.

The sanctions follow “Iran’s missile attack on Arbil, Iraq on March 13 and the Iranian enabled Houthi missile attack against a Saudi Aramco facility on March 25 as well as other missile attacks by Iranian proxies against Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates,”

Iran has claimed responsibility for the March 13 missile strikes, saying it targeted an Israeli “strategic center” and warned of more attacks. The March 25 attack on the Saudi oil plant was carried out by Iranian-backed Yemeni rebels as part of a wave of attacks on Aramco installations. The sanctions come at a time when the United States looks closer to a return to a 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran.

The JCPOA fell apart in 2018, when then-president Donald Trump withdrew the United States and reimposed crippling economic sanctions. Iran, in response, began rolling back on most of its commitments under the accord.

Current U.S President Joe Biden took steps shortly after taking office to revive the deal, promising an easing of punishing sanctions in exchange for restoring JCPOA controls.

Indirect negotiations between the rival states, which have been underway in Vienna for nearly a year, have overcome repeated disagreements but outstanding issues remain.

Among them is a Tehran demand that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the ideological arm of Iran’s military and which carried out the attack in Arbil, be removed from a US terror blacklist, a demand rejected by Washington.

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