The Trump administration on Monday announced a series of new sanctions and additional measures in support of Washington’s maximum pressure campaign against the Iranian government.

Iran Press/America: Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flanked by Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, said the administration would sanction Iran’s Ministry of Defense and Venezuela’s Nicolas Maduro.

“No matter who you are, if you violate the UN arms embargo on Iran, you risk sanctions,” Pompeo said. “Our actions today are a warning that should be heard worldwide,” he added, according to CNBC.

Mnuchin and Ross announced sanctions on six individuals and three entities associated with the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and three individuals and four entities related to Iran’s liquid propellant ballistic missile organization, the Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have mounted following Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear agreement in 2018, calling it “the worst deal ever.”

The 2015 agreement lifted sanctions on Iran. In exchange for sanctions relief, Iran accepted limits on its nuclear program until the terms expire in 2025.

Following Washington’s exit from the nuclear deal, other signatories of the pact ⁠— France, Germany, the UK, Russia, and China ⁠— tried to keep the agreement alive. 

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Sunday said European leaders “haven’t lifted a finger” to halt arms sales to Iran after they rejected a unilateral US declaration that UN sanctions on Tehran were back in force.


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