Iranian flags seen on the streets of Tehran.
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The United States on Friday imposed 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 three Iranian units for conventional arms proliferation.
They are the latest in a series of measures aimed at increasing pressure on Tehran in the dwindling days of President Donald Trump’s administration ending Wednesday.
U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington has sanctioned seven companies, including Jiangyin Mascot Special Steel from China and Accenture Building Materials from the United Arab Emirates, as well as two people for moving steel to or from Iran.
He said the Iranian Marine Industries Organization, Aerospace Industries Organization and Iran Aviation Industries Organization have also been blacklisted for the proliferation of conventional weapons.
In a statement later on Friday, Pompeo said it would also increase the level of metal-related sanctions against Iran administered by the State Department.
Those who knowingly transfer 15 materials that the State Department says will be used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military or ballistic missile programs, including certain types of aluminum and steel, would be sanctioned, he said.
During his four-year term in office, Trump has tried to force Tehran to resume talks about its nuclear and ballistic missile programs and activities in the Middle East. Trump said the deal didn’t go far enough, and in 2018 he announced an Iranian nuclear deal that Tehran signed with the world powers in 2015 to curb its nuclear program in return for sanctions easing.
Democratic President-elect Joe Biden, who will succeed Trump on Wednesday, has announced that he will return to the 2015 Atomic Pact if Iran resumes strict compliance.