U.S. announces 'major expansion' on sanctions targeting Iran

Al Udeid Air Base

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The United States has expanded its economic sanctions on metals trade with Iran, publishing a list of 22 materials that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said could potentially be used to supply Tehran's ballistic missile, nuclear and military programs.

The Aerospace Division of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) that launched and controls the satellite, provided an image of the al-Udeid Airbase in Qatar that the space bird had taken using the "mosaic imaging" method, Fars News Agency reported on Wednesday.

As a result, sanctions may still be imposed on those who knowingly transfer certain materials, including graphite or raw or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran to be used in connection with the Islamic Republic's construction sector, Pompeo said. Aluminum powder is a key ingredient in solid-fuel propellants used to launch missiles.

The United States has already felt that it has the right to impose the reinstatement of the UN economic sanctions against Tehran lifted as part of the worldwide agreement of 2015 on Iranian nuclear power - and in their minds, even though US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from this deal in 2018.

The United States pulled out of the nuclear agreement in May 2018 and reimposed sanctions as part of what it calls a "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran.

Stating that Iran has never started a war, IRGC said that it will give a decisive and crushing response to any aggression against country's territorial integrity, security and national interests.

France and Britain, the other nations in the P5, support extending the arms embargo but say the greater priority is maintaining a diplomatic solution to stop Iran's nuclear program. The United States has formally asked the council to extend the embargo, which is set to be progressively eased beginning in October under UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which enshrined the 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and world powers.

"We hope that it will be approved by the other permanent members" of the Council, he said, while considering it probable that China, even Russian Federation, will use their right of veto to s' oppose it.

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