The United States announced Thursday that sanctions against Iran related to metal would be expanded, adding 22 additional materials “to be used in connection with Iranian nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs”.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement that the country’s nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs “pose a serious threat to international peace and security”.
He has also repeated that the Iranian Revolutionary Guard “controls the construction sector in Iran”. Therefore, the “deliberate” transfer of certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, into or from Iran for use in connection with the Iranian construction sector is “still punishable,” he warned.
Pompeo also recalled that “the Revolutionary Guard construction company and many of its subsidiaries continue to be sanctioned by the United Nations because they were directly involved in the construction of the Fordo uranium enrichment facility.”
Tensions between Washington and Tehran have increased since the U.S. withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal in 2018 and recovered in January after the U.S. Army headed the Revolutionary Guard Quds Force chief, Qasem Soleimani, in a bomb attack in Iraq had killed. .