• Iran condemns fresh US sanctions over missile program

Iran has blasted fresh US bans over its defensive missile program, saying it will retaliate by adding nine American individuals and corporations to its sanctions list over their human rights violations.

According to Press TV, in a Thursday statement, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi said the new US administration is seeking to undermine the “positive outcome” of the 2015 nuclear deal on the Iranian nuclear program by pressuring Tehran over “baseless accusations” in others areas than its nuclear program.

Iran “condemns the US government’s malintent in its attempts to reduce the positive effects of the implementation of that country’s commitments under the JCPOA by adding natural and legal individuals to the list of its transnational, unilateral and illegal sanctions.”

He was using an acronym to refer to the Iran deal, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The Foreign Ministry statement further said, the Islamic Republic considers the new restrictive measures “unacceptable and contrary to the tenets of the international law.” 

In response, the statement added, “nine US individuals and corporations” are added to Iran’s sanctions list over their “confirmed role in blatant human rights violations.”

The banned US firms and individuals have directly and indirectly cooperated with Israel in its “crimes against humanity in the occupied Palestinian territories” or in the regime’s “terrorist acts,” according to the statement.

They have also supported Takfiri terrorism and crackdown on the popular movements in the Middle East or have had effective participation in actions against Iran’s national security, it added.

The statement further said an updated version of the blacklist would be released after going through legal proceedings and being approved by relevant officials.

‘US blind use of bans unhelpful’

Meanwhile, China also lodged a complaint with the United States after it imposed penalties on Iranian and Chinese figures.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said Beijing followed local rules and regulations and closely adhered to its responsibilities to the international community.

Beijing “is opposed to the blind use of unilateral sanctions particularly when it damages the interests of third parties. I think the sanctions are unhelpful in enhancing mutual trust and unhelpful for international efforts on this issue," she told a daily news briefing.

She further expressed hope that “the US side can on the principle of mutual respect resolve non-proliferation issues through dialogue and communication.”


May 18, 2017 13:07 UTC