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October 7, 2022

Iran, U.S play sanctions game

After the Iranian Parliament imposed sanctions on 26 US officials, Washington imposed sanctions against seven companies working with Tehran.

WASHINGTON/TEHRAN –  The United States is imposing sanctions against seven companies for working with Iran in the energy sector, part of an effort to suppress Tehran’s nuclear program, the State Department said Tuesday, the CNN informs.

The companies in Iran, the United Arab Emirates, Israel, Monaco and Venezuela’s state oil company “engaged in activities related to the supply of refined petroleum products in Iran,” Deputy Secretary of State James Steinberg announced. “Iran uses revenues from its energy sector to fund its nuclear program as well as mask procurement of dual-use items,” Steinberg said.

The Venezuelan government has condemned US sanctions against state oil company PDVSA for trading with Iran. The moves were “imperialist aggression”, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro said.  In a separate action Tuesday, the administration also imposed sanctions on 16 foreign companies and individuals under the Iran, North Korea and Syria Nonproliferation Act for their activities in support of weapons of mass destruction or missile programs primarily in Iran. Chinese, Belarussian, Iranian, North Korean, Syrian and Venezuelan companies and individuals were involved.

Earlier the Iranian Parliament (Majlis) has imposed sanctions on 26 US officials, including former defense and intelligence chiefs, for their involvement in the killing of civilians and the torture of suspects in US-run prisons.  MP Kazem Jalali, the spokesman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said that the committee has drawn up a list of US officials to be sanctioned for human rights violations.

The officials on the list include commander of US forces in Iraq Raymond Odierno, USS Vincennes Captain Will Rogers III, former FBI chief Thomas J. Pickard, and the former commander of the US detention facility at Guantanamo Bay, Geoffrey D. Miller, Jalali said.

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