New sanctions aim to punish those involved with Iranian missile, cyber programs
By Ian Talley
WASHINGTON, Wall Street Journal, September 14, 2017 —The Trump administration imposed new sanctions against 11 firms and individuals for allegedly aiding Tehran’s ballistic missile program and helping it to conduct cyberattacks and support terrorism, the U.S. Treasury said Thursday.
The new sanctions come as the administration is set to waive sanctions related to the 2015 international nuclear agreement. The new sanctions allow Washington to keep a modicum of economic pressure on Iran despite reluctantly keeping a landmark 2015 nuclear deal in place for now.
Those added to the sanctions list include an engineering company working with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and two Ukrainian airline firms. Iran has denounced
The latest sanctions allow the administration to register its displeasure with Iran for pursuing a ballistic missile program and aiding proxies in the region’s conflicts while allowing the nuclear deal to remain in place in keeping with the strong preference of European allies.
“Treasury will continue to take strong actions to counter Iran’s provocations, including support for the IRGC-Qods Force and terrorist extremists, the ongoing campaign of violence in Syria, and cyberattacks meant to destabilize the U.S. financial system,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement.
Speaking earlier in London, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said U.S. criticism of Iran’s activities go beyond its nuclear program.
“We must take into account the totality of Iranian threats, not just Iran’s nuclear capabilities,” Mr. Tillerson said at an appearance with U.K. counterpart Boris Johnson.
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