The US Imposes Sanctions On The Supply Of Metals To Iran
The US is imposing new sanctions against Iran, which are aimed at limiting the supply of metals and materials that can be used for nuclear, missile and military programs, Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in a statement. The list includes 22 names of metals and materials that are subject to sanctions, some steel grades, aluminum alloys, aluminum powder, beryllium bronze, and tungsten copper alloy.
"Iran's nuclear, ballistic missile, and military programs pose a grave threat to international peace and security. To address these threats, I am announcing a major expansion of the scope of State Department-administered Iran metals-related sanctions. Today, the State Department is identifying 22 specific materials used in connection with Iran’s nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs. Those who knowingly transfer such materials to Iran are now sanctionable pursuant to Section 1245 of the Iranian Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act.," the statement said.
Mr. Pompeo also noted that the construction company of the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps (IRGC) and its subsidiaries are under UN sanctions because they were directly involved in the construction of the Fordo uranium enrichment site. "As a result of this IRGC status, any known transfer of certain materials, including graphite, or raw materials, or semi-finished metals, to or from Iran for use in connection with Iran's construction sector remains under sanctions," the statement said.
Earlier, the UN Security Council held a fierce discussion about extending the arms embargo against Iran. The US attempt to restore sanctions against Tehran met with resistance from members of the Security Council.