Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said seven companies were targeted for shipping steel to or from Iran.
The United States has imposed more sanctions on companies in Iran, China and the United Arab Emirates for doing business with the shipping lines of the Islamic Republic of Iran and on three Iranian entities for the proliferation of conventional weapons.
These are the latest in a series of moves to step up pressure on Tehran in the closing days of President Donald Trump’s administration, which ends Wednesday.
US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Friday that Washington had sanctioned seven companies, including Chinese company Jiangyin Mascot Special Steel Co and UAE company Accenture Building Materials, and two people for shipping steel to or from the Iran.
He said the Maritime Industries Organization, the Aerospace Industries Organization and the Iranian Aircraft Industries Organization had also been blacklisted for the proliferation of conventional weapons.
In a statement later Friday, Pompeo said he was also increasing the scope of the metals-related sanctions against Iran administered by the State Department.
Those who knowingly transfer 15 materials that the State Department says are used in Iran’s nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs, including certain types of aluminum and steel, would face sanctions. , did he declare.
During his four years in power, Trump attempted to force Tehran to resume talks over its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and activities in the Middle East. Saying the deal didn’t go far enough, Trump left the Iran nuclear deal in 2018, which Tehran struck with world powers in 2015 to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions relief.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who will succeed Trump on Wednesday, said he would revert to the 2015 nuclear pact if Iran resumed strict adherence to it.