WASHINGTON – The United States has on Tuesday added new sanctions on Iran targeting its ballistic missile program and support for terrorists, citing the failure of the Iran nuclear deal to contribute to the stability of the Middle East.
The Trump administration told Congress Monday that Iran would face sanctions despite complying with the nuclear deal because Tehran breached the “spirit.”
Trump, during his election campaign, had who vowed to dismantle the agreement, but he is now seeking more time to determine whether to let it stand.
The sanctions designate 18 entities and individuals supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program, Iran’s military, and Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), and an Iranian transnational criminal organisation, the State Department said.
“Iran’s other malign activities are serving to undercut whatever ‘positive contributions’ to regional and international peace and security were intended to emerge from the (agreement),” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.
The nuclear deal, which limits Iran’s nuclear activities to peaceful purposes in return for the lifting of international sanctions, was reached with Iran almost two years ago, after years of negotiations by President Barack Obama with Russia, Britain, France, China and Germany. The parties believed the agreement would “positively contribute to regional and international peace and security,” according to their statements at the time.
With input from USAToday