US announces sanctions on Chinese, Russian firms supporting Iran's nuclear deal
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo said that the the four firms, accused of transferring sensitive technology and items to Iran's missile programme, will be subject to restrictions on US government aid for two years
Washington: The United States on Friday announced economic sanctions on Chinese and Russian companies that Washington said had supported the development of Iran's missile program.
The four firms, accused of "transferring sensitive technology and items to Iran's missile program," will be subject to restrictions on US government aid and on their exports for two years, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement.
The sanctions, imposed Wednesday, were against two Chinese-based companies, Chengdu Best New Materials and Zibo Elim Trade, as well as Russia-based Nilco Group and Joint Stock Company Elecon.
"We will continue to work to impede Iran's missile development efforts and use our sanctions authorities to spotlight the foreign suppliers, such as these entities in the PRC (China) and Russia, that provide missile-related materials and technology to Iran," Pompeo added.
President Donald Trump withdrew the US in 2018 from the Iran nuclear deal established three years prior under then-President Barack Obama.
Trump has since reimposed crippling sanctions on the Islamic republic in what he calls a campaign of "maximum pressure".
The Trump administration has also since shown its determination to sanction any foreign country or company that does not comply with its Iran policies.
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