USA expands metals sanctions on Iran

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Iran's Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, ruled out negotiations with the United States over Tehran's ballistic missile and nuclear programs on Friday and urged Iranians to resist USA pressure.

In a press release Thursday, Pompeo cited the influence of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) in Iran's construction sector as a reason for the latest sanctions.

"Those who knowingly transfer such materials to Iran are now sanctionable pursuant to Section 1245 of the Iranian Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act", Pompeo said.

It said the message of the drills to neighboring and friendly countries was peace and friendship as well as security for the region while the global arrogance received the message of the Iranian nation and Armed Forces' preparedness, vigilance and steadfastness in the face of enemies' plots and threats.

He warned that the United States would henceforth punish any person or entity that would bring to Iran 22 metals, including certain forms of aluminum or steel, likely to be used in Iranian weapons programs. Aluminum powder is a key ingredient in solid-fuel propellants used to launch missiles.

Pompeo gave his clearest indication yet that the United States would seek to force UN sanctions on Iran if an arms embargo lapses.

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.

Pompeo told the Senate Foreign Relations Committee that the United States would introduce a resolution to extend the embargo "in the near future" which "we hope will be met with approval from other members of the P5".

Tehran said it would not accept the renewal of the embargo.

Sanctions against Iran were re-imposed after Trump in 2018 unilaterally withdrew the United States from the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), that envisaged Tehran scaling back its nuclear program in exchange for sanction relief.

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