The United States sanctioned Iranian defense officials and a Chinese network over support to Iran’s missile program, per Reuters.
The sanctions were announced via a statement by the U.S. Treasury, and come the same day the Trump administration said they’d waive some sanctions on Iran—a necessary move to maintain the Iran Deal made by the Obama administration.
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The Iranian officials sanctioned on Wednesday are Morteza Farasatpour and Rahim Ahmadi. Farasatpour coordinated the sale and delivery of explosives and other materiel to a Syrian government agency, the Treasury Department said. Ahmadi is the director of Iran’s Shahid Bakeri Industries Group, which is responsible for Iran’s solid-fueled ballistic missile program, the Treasury statement said.
Reuters reported the waiving of sanctions early Wednesday as well.
The officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the administration would formally announce it was renewing sanctions waivers that were granted to Iran as part of the deal, under which Tehran agreed to limit its nuclear program.
The waivers mean that, for now, President Trump intends to maintain the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran.