US expands scope of Iran metals sanctions
The United States has imposed a new anti-Iran measure, extending the scope of metals sanctions against Tehran.
Iran Press/America: "Today, I expanded the scope of Iran metals sanctions targeting Iran’s nuclear, military, and ballistic missile programs," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet on Thursday.
"Those who knowingly transfer such materials to Iran are now sanctionable," he added.
The materials he said he had determined are used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs included aluminum powder with purity above 98%.
The 22 specific materials include multiple forms of aluminum, steel, among others.
US President Donald Trump’s administration insists on keeping up with its “maximum pressure” campaign against Iran.
Trump reinstated US sanctions on Iran in May 2018 after he unilaterally left the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Iran and major world powers. 101