The Trump administration on Monday announced new sanctions against Iran's Defense Ministry and others involved in Tehran's nuclear and weapons program to support U.S. assertion that all United Nations sanctions against Tehran are now restored, a move key allies such as the Europeans dispute.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flanked by other top members of President Donald Trump's national security team, also told reporters Washington had imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has forged closer ties between Caracas and Tehran.
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In addition to the Defense Ministry, the Trump administration has also slapped sanctions on several Iranian organizations and individuals: The Armed Forces Logistics (MODAFL), Iran’s Defense Industries Organization (DIO) and its Director, as well as six individuals and three entities associated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, five individuals affiliated with the AEOI to the Commerce Department’s Entity List and three individuals and four entities associated with Iran’s liquid propellant ballistic missile organization, the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group, according to a U.S. State Department announcement..
Reuters reported on Sunday that Washington will sanction more than two dozen people and entities. A major part of the new U.S. push is an executive order targeting those who buy or sell Iran conventional arms that was previously reported by Reuters and will also be unveiled by the Trump administration on Monday.
Under the 2015 nuclear deal, which the United States had unilaterally pulled out of in 2018, the UN conventional arms embargo is set to expire on October 18.
Other parties to the nuclear deal and most UN Security Council members have said they do not believe the United States has the right to reimpose the UN sanctions and that the U.S. move has no legal effect.
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On Friday, Britain, France and Germany told the Security Council that UN sanctions relief for Iran - agreed under the 2015 nuclear deal - would continue beyond Sunday, despite Washington’s assertion.