Iran’s Chemical Weapons Survivors Struggle With Coronavirus — and U.S. Sanctions
US added Iranian structure for the development of chemical weapons to the sanctions list
State Department again urged the world community to be vigilant in relation to illegal actions of Tehran
The United States condemns any action by the Iranian regime under the chemical weapons program and will impose sanctions on those involved, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Thursday..
“Today,” the statement says, “the United States has sanctioned the Iranian defense structure Shahid Meisami Group and its director Mehran Babri in accordance with Executive Order 13382, directed against proliferators of weapons of mass destruction and their delivery systems..
Shahid Meisami Group qualifies as a structure owned or controlled by the Iranian Defense Innovation and Research Organization (SPND), which was sanctioned in 2014, the document says..
As part of the SPND, the Shahid Meisami Group has been involved in activities of concern over Iran’s obligations to implement the Chemical Weapons Convention, the statement said. It also specifies that Mehran Babri was included in the sanctions list for actions within this structure..
In addition to freezing any American assets belonging to both the structure itself and its director, they will lose access to the US financial system and will be qualified on the Internet as proliferators of weapons of mass destruction..
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The United States is concerned about the real intentions of the Tehran regime related to the testing and production of so-called neutralizing chemical agents, which can be used against Iranian citizens and for purposes of aggression, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement..
The document emphasizes that the United States remains firmly committed to countering the full range of malicious actions of the Iranian regime and expects the international community to remain vigilant against its illegal actions..
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