Iran Sanctions 15 U.S. Companies for Ties to Israel and 'Violating Human Rights'

Iran's foreign ministry was quoted saying the companies had 'flagrantly violated human rights' and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei sits in a session to deliver his message for the Iranian New Year, or Nowruz, Iran. Nowruz, a festival to celebrate the new Persian year starts with the spring. March 20, 2017.
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Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 U.S. companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.

The agency quoted Iran's foreign ministry as saying the companies had "flagrantly violated human rights" and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians.

It was not immediately clear if any of the companies, which included defense technology firm Raytheon, had any dealings with Iran or whether they would be affected in any way by Tehran's action, which IRNA said would include seizure of their assets and a ban on contacts with them.

The Iranian move came two days after the United States imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program, or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria.