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US imposed sanctions against participants in Iran’s weapons of mass destruction program
Today, Washington and Tehran declared their disinterest in conflict with each other
The United States has announced sanctions against two networks of companies linked to Iranian authorities and helping, according to the Ministry of Finance, Tehran in the development of weapons of mass destruction. This is stated in a message published on Wednesday on the website of the US Treasury Department..
One of the networks is headed by Iranian citizen Hamed Deghan, CEO and Chairman of the Board of Directors of Pishtazan Kavosh Gostar Boshra, and CEO and Chairman of the Board of Ebtekar Sanat Ilya. The ministry said in a statement that the network, led by Deghan, has registered a company in Hong Kong to avoid US and international sanctions in connection with its work with Iran. This company was involved in the supply of technology and components for the development of weapons of mass destruction to individuals associated with the Iranian government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The second network, led by Iranian Syed Hussein Shariat, purchased aluminum alloys produced by the Nuclear Suppliers Group for the Iranian military..
Sanctions were also imposed on individuals associated with the operation of both networks..
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, both the United States and Iran announced their desire to reduce tensions between the two countries. “We are not interested in a conflict with Iran,” US Secretary of Defense Mark Esper told reporters..
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif during his visit to Japan also said that his country does not aim to aggravate relations with Washington. However, Zarif stressed, tensions between Washington and Tehran persist due to economic sanctions and different points of view on the Iranian nuclear program..
“All countries should have the same rights under international law,” Iranian Foreign Minister said.
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