U.S. officials confirm second wave of sanctions will be proposed by Pres. Trump to keep Iran out of U.S. markets.
Reuters news agency confirms via U.S. official channels that U.S. government will be proposing new sanctions against Iranian companies and individuals for taking part in Iranian nuclear and conventional weapons and missile projects. United Nations has stated that they will not support these sanctions while U.S. have expressed they will carry on with the sanctions.
The new sanctions were announced as a warning to the UN. The U.S. also claims to impose sanctions to countries that disregard Iranian sanctions and continue to keep business ties with them. U.S. delegates have stated that these sanctions are targeting Iranian businesses focused on buying and/or selling conventional weapons and armament.
Trump administration is suspicious of Iran developing a nuclear armament. Tehran denies these claims. U.S. officials have claimed that Iran will have enough equipment and resources for fission (nucleus fragmentation) by the end of the year. In addition, it was also alleged that Tehran’s nuclear armament was in co-operation with North Korean long-range ballistic missile systems. No evidence for both of claims was presented.
In 2015, UN and Iran signed on a nuclear deal which allowed Iran to participate in international trade but restricted the Iranian nuclear armament process. In contrast, claims of Iran working on and developing nuclear armament against the deal surfaced. In May 2018, the U.S. pulled out of the deal and began sanctioning Iran.
It was said that U.S.’ decision to withdraw was a reaction to UN embargo of firearms to Iran coming to a conclusion. In accordance with the 2015 deal, the conventional embargo will end in October 18 2020.
Iranian spokesperson: “It’s part of U.S. election campaign”
Regarding the new sanctions imposed by U.S. and claims of U.S. officials, Iranian United Nation spokesperson considered this as propaganda.
“The U.S., almost weekly, have claimed such things in lieu of propaganda for ‘maximum pressure’ yet we see it is unsuccessful. New claims will not make any difference. All the countries understood that all these claims are part of an election campaign.”
Regarding the new sanctions, U.S. President Donald Trump’s aims of restricting Iran’s regional authority surfaced once more. The decisions were taken one week after United Arab Emirates’ and Bahrain’s actions taken to heal relations with Israel via U.S. connections. The new decisions are pointed out to link to a potential coalition expansion against Iran. Some made connections that these decisions taken before November 3rd elections may be for the pro-Israel voter base.
White House has denied commenting about the topic before the press conference to be held on September 28. Reuters news agency reported that the US official refused to name the targets, saying that the individuals and organizations to be sanctioned will be made public on that date.