US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran Amid Escalation

US Imposes New Sanctions on Iran Amid Escalation
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Since pulling out of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, last May, the US has reinstated all sanctions against Tehran and introduced more, APA reports citing Sputnik.

The US Treasury Department imposed on Friday new Iran-related sanctions, targeting the country's petrochemical sector that includes a petrochemical holding with a vast network of subsidiaries and sales agents.

The Treasury added that OFAC designated PGPIC over its alleged support for Khatam al-Anbiya Construction Headquarters, the economic arm of the IRGC.

Tensions between Iran and the US have been running high since Washington withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal on 8 May 2018. Since then, the Trump administration has beefed up pressure on Tehran, having imposed tougher sanctions.

Furthermore, US National Security Advisor John Bolton announced on May 5 that Washington was deploying an aircraft carrier strike group and a bomber task force to the Middle East to send a "clear and unmistakable message" to Iran that any attack on American interests or those of its allies would be met with "unrelenting force".

Faiq Mahmudov

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