US slaps new sanctions on Iran over missile test

February 4, 2017

By DW (Deutsche Welle)

The Trump administration has issued new sanctions on Iranian nationals and entities, in a clear hardening of policy towards Tehran. Days earlier, Washington threatened Iran over its latest ballistic missile test.

Washington added 13 individuals and 12 entities to its Iran sanctions authority list, the US Treasury said on its website on Friday.

The decision came days after the White House put Tehran “on notice” over Sunday’s test of a medium-range ballistic missile, and for supporting Shiite rebels in Yemen.

Some of the entities listed are based in the United Arab Emirates, Lebanon and China, and the sanctions affect nationals of those countries as well as Iran.

“Iran’s continued support for terrorism and development of its ballistic missile program poses a threat to the region, to our partners worldwide, and to the United States,” said John Smith, acting director of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control.

US President Donald Trump has signaled that he will take a tougher tone with Tehran, tweeting on Friday that they were “playing with fire,” and that the Obama administration had been too “kind.”

Date Published: 03.02.2017

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