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Iran sanctions 9 American firms as countermeasure

19 May 2017

Iran said on Thursday that new us sanctions targeting its ballistic missile program show Washington's "ill will" and could undermine the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers, state media reported.

While the Trump administration continues to waive certain sanctions on Iran as required under the nuclear agreement, officials said the administration would not back down from imposing new sanctions, such as those announced Wednesday. The Treasury said Farasatpour coordinated the sale and delivery of explosives and other materiel for Syria's Scientific Studies and Research Centre (SSRC).

"This administration is committed to countering Iran's destabilizing behavior, such as Iran's development of ballistic missiles and support to the Assad regime", Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement later on Wednesday.

The Iranian government and some Iranian citizens have been disappointed that US, EU and United Nations sanctions relief provided so far under the nuclear deal has failed to spark an economic renaissance.

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"We inform that the United States continues to waive sanctions as required to continue implementing USA sanctions-lifting commitments in the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action", Assistant to the Secretary of State Stuart Jones said. In turn, Ahmadi is Director of the Iranian group Shahid Bakeri Industries Group.

The State Department says it is telling Congress it will continue to waive sanctions on Iran as part of the 2015 nuclear deal.

Since then his rhetoric against this particular agreement has softened, however, he has simultaneously hardened his stance against other non-nuclear issues his administration has with Iran and launched a government-wide review of the Iranian state's policies.

Acting Assistant Secretary of State for Near Eastern Affairs Stuart Jones said in a statement.

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On January 13, the USA imposed sanctions on 13 people and 12 entities in relation to Iran's ballistic missile programme. His re-election would be welcomed by Europeans who desire more business dealings with Tehran and who likely would resist or ignore any USA efforts to slap nuclear sanctions back on Iran.

"The announcement shows that the State Department, for the time being, will continue to abide by the JCPOA while still policing it aggressively just as had been the case under the Obama Administration", Ward said.

The US Treasury added that two Iranian defense officials, an Iranian company, and members of a China-based network have been sanctioned for supporting the program. President Hassan Rouhani, a moderate who oversaw the clinching of the nuclear deal, faces challenges from hard-liners who have stridently criticized the deal.

Europe's leaders are quickly moving forward on economic normalisation with Iran, and scuttling the nuclear deal would have wide-ranging diplomatic repercussions with major allies, she said.

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In return, Iran has pledged to restrict its nuclear activities, reducing its uranium enrichment, plutonium production plans, and allowing inspectors access to facilities.