US official on recent penalties over Iran’s arms program (exclusive)
Baku, Azerbaijan, Mar. 28
By Dalga Khatinoglu – Trend:
The recent US sanctions imposed on foreign companies or individuals over their contribution to Iran’s missile program are outside the scope of the 2015 nuclear deal (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action/ JCPOA), a State Department official told Trend on condition of anonymity.
“Penalties are being applied pursuant to sanctions that were not relieved on JCPOA Implementation Day. The JCPOA is solely focused on Iran’s nuclear program and these sanctions are outside the scope of the JCPOA. Sanctions related to Iran’s support for terrorism, ballistic
missile program, human rights abuses, and destabilizing activities in the region remain in force. And these actions are fully consistent with our implementation of the JCPOA," said the official.
"Under the JCPOA, the United States did not commit to lift sanctions outside of those sanctions specifically related to Iran’s nuclear program. The penalties underscore that the United States continues to impose sanctions under existing authorities, as warranted, against Iranian entities and individuals in areas separate from the JCPOA including its ballistic missile program, human rights abuses, and support for terrorism,” the official said.
The US on March 24 announced sanctions on 11 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program.
In the meantime, 19 entities or individuals were sanctioned for other violations under the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act.
Iran reacting to the development on March 26 imposed retaliatory sanctions on 15 American companies because of their “support of terrorism”.