Washington, Sept. 21 (Xinhua) — The US government on Monday announced a new round of sanctions against entities and individuals linked to Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional weapons programs.
U.S. President Donald Trump issued an executive order on The same day, announcing sanctions and export controls on 27 entities and individuals involved in supporting Iran’s nuclear, missile and conventional weapons programs. ‘Conventional arms trade with Iran or providing technical training and financial support for related weapons will result in the seizure of its U.S. assets,’ the order said.
According to media reports, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said at a think tank event that the new round of US sanctions “nothing new”, the US has applied all the pressure on Iran, but Iran did not give in.
The US State Department said unilaterally on January 19 that the SANCTIONS imposed by the United Nations on Iran before the comprehensive agreement on the Iranian nuclear issue was reached in 2015 under the “fast-track sanctions” mechanism set forth in UN Security Council resolution 2231 have come into effect since 8 PM EASTERN Time on October 19.
Members of the Security Council, including the UK, France, Russia, China and Germany, have repeatedly reaffirmed that the US withdrawal from the Iran nuclear agreement in May 2018 no longer qualifies for the initiation of the “fast-track sanctions” regime.
In July 2015, Iran reached a nuclear deal with the United States, Britain, France, Russia, China and Germany. Under the deal, Iran pledged to limit its nuclear program and international sanctions were lifted. Subsequently, the Security Council adopted resolution 2231, approving the Iranian nuclear agreement. Operative paragraph 11 of the resolution contains a “fast-track sanctions” mechanism, but it provides that it can only be activated by parties to the Iran nuclear agreement. As the deadline for the United Nations arms embargo against Iraq under Security Council resolution 2231 approaches (October 18, 2020), the United States is taking steps to try to maintain the embargo. (after)