The US imposes new sanctions on Iran

The US is imposing new sanctions against Iran, restricting the supply of metals and materials that can be used for the Islamic Republic’s nuclear, missile and military programs, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said.

“Today, the State Department identifies 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs. Those who knowingly transmit such material to Iran are now subject to sanctions under section 1245 of the (US) Iranian freedom and counter-proliferation act,” Pompeo said in a statement.

According to him, Iran’s nuclear, ballistic and military programs pose “a serious threat to international peace and security.”

In addition, Pompeo noted that the supply of materials for the construction industry of Iran is prohibited because they believe that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) “controls the construction sector” of the country.

“The IRGC construction company and many of its subsidiaries are still under UN sanctions because they were directly involved in the construction of the Fordo uranium enrichment facility. As a result of this IRGC status, any known transfer of certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran for use in connection with Iran’s construction sector remains under sanctions,” the statement said.

Among the 22 metals and materials banned are aluminum alloys, aluminum powder, and some steel grades, including stainless steel.