Published: Sat, July 20, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

US sanctions network selling materials for Iran nuclear program

US sanctions network selling materials for Iran nuclear program

The United States imposed on Thursday sanctions against five Iranian nationals and seven Iranian companies.

The Iranian Foreign Minister said if the United States and Europe does not fulfill their obligations under the Iran Nuclear Deal, then Iran does have a right to continue to enrich uranium, citing a provision in the agreement which says "if one side does not fulfill its obligation, the other side may...reduce its commitments".

The network was led by Iranian firm Bakhtar Raad Sepahan and its overseas affiliates.

It said China-based Henan Jiayuan Aluminium Industry was contracted to sell aluminium goods worth more than $500,000, including NSG-controlled items, to TAWU BVBA for use by TESA.

Also blacklisted is TAWU BVBA's managing director, Sohayl Talebi, who the U.S. Treasury said had an extensive background in metallurgical engineering.

President Donald Trump says he's not intent on toppling Iran's regime to stop it acquiring nuclear arms.

The document, known as the Additional Protocol, gives United Nations inspectors from the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) more tools to verify that a nuclear programme is peaceful.

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"Their whole game is to try to get any sanctions relief they can while maintaining the ability to get a nuclear weapon in the future", said an official on condition of anonymity, saying Iran was "trying to spin a small action" into something bigger.

"Iran can not claim benign intent on the world stage while it purchases and stockpiles products for centrifuges", he said in a statement.

Hunt said, following phone talks with Zarif, that the United Kingdom would facilitate the release of the Iranian supertanker if Tehran could guarantee it's destination.

He added that "one side" can not benefit from the "positive outcomes" of the Iran Nuclear deal without doing "their part of the bargain", but said it is not in Iran's strategic interest to build a nuclear weapon.President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise past year when the United States pulled out of the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Iran demanded the other parties - France, Germany, Britain, China and Russian Federation - take steps to guarantee the economic benefits Iran was promised for the drastic limitations imposed on its nuclear program.

They are the first restrictive measures since Tehran said earlier this month that it would increase enriched uranium levels to above those allowed under the terms of a 2015 nuclear accord.

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