The US State Department has imposed new sanctions against 30 individuals and organizations from 10 countries, including Russia and China.
The US authorities imposed sanctions against 30 individuals and organizations from 10 countries, the most part of which are Chinese and Russian, for “transferring sensitive missile technology to Iran and flouting export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria,” the Wall Street Journal reported, citing the US State Department.
According to the US State Department, the growth of Iran’s missile technologies makes a significant contribution to the tensions in the Middle East region. “The imposition of sanctions against these eleven foreign entities is a continuation of our commitment to hold Iran accountable for its actions,” a statement, posted on the official website of the US State Department, reads.
According to the article’s author, Felicia Schwartz, there are 12 Chinese and 8 Russian companies and individuals in the list, consisting of 30 organizations and persons, against which the sanctions were imposed. Officials, working in the Chinese and Russian embassies in Washington, have not yet commented on this move. The sanctions also affected 19 companies and people, who “violated the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons in Iran, North Korea and Syria.”
According to the State Department, the US authorities found out that these organizations and individuals acquired or supplied technologies to Syria, Iran and North Korea, which contribute to the development of weapons of mass destruction or missiles. As the author of the article summarized, in this way, the sanctions became another step of the Donald Trump’s administration after the Congress pressured it in order to “bring Iran to justice.”