(PatriotHeadline.com)- New sanctions on Iran that have been labeled as “unprecedented” were announced by the Trump administration on Monday.
The sanctions were placed on the country’s ballistic missile and nuclear sectors. They target the country’s “proliferation of nuclear materials used to feed its atomic weapons program,” according to Mike Pompeo, the Secretary of State.
The new sanctions are also seeing to restrain the country’s ballistic missile program. That has been progressing in tandem with Iran’s nuclear program as they are trying to build a weapon that could carry a nuclear warhead.
Leaders of the Iran Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics agency, as well as the agency itself, are the target of the sanctions that are the most far-reaching. This was done in response to the agency exporting arms to Nicolas Maduro, the dictator of Venezuela. Maduro was also the target of new U.S. sanctions.
The U.S. sanctions are meant to try to stop Iran from exporting its arms around the world, specifically to Iraq, Lebanon, Syria and Yemen.
President Donald Trump issued executive orders Monday that enable the country to sanction people who act on behalf of the Iranian government. Any people across the globe who have been identified as individuals who have helped the missile and nuclear programs of Iran can also be sanctioned.
Officials within the Trump administration as well as Pompeo have both said they wouldn’t hesitate to place new sanctions on any person or any country that is found to be working with the country of Iran.
In a statement, the State Department said:
“Now that virtually all U.N. sanctions have been reimposed on Iran, stakeholders worldwide are warned that the United States will aggressively use U.S. sanctions authorities to impose consequences for failures to comply with the snapped-back U.N. measures on Iran and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of U.N.-prohibited activity.”
Several Iranians who the U.S. has said are “centrally involved in Iran’s uranium enrichment centrifuge operations” were designated for the sanctions. One person included in this is the group director of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran, Hamid Reza Ghadirian.
That person received penalties by the U.S. because he has supported the “installation of advanced uranium enrichment centrifuges … that are used to increase Iran’s enriched uranium stockpile.”
Two other military officials within Iran and other organizations that have aided the ballistic missile program were designated by the Treasury Department. The Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group “is in charge of liquid-propellant ballistic missile development,” according to the department.
On Monday, the Department of Commerce also added five Iranian nationals to the “entity list for nuclear-related activities.” The people on the list are preventing from importing materials that potentially could help Iran’s nuclear program.
In announcing the sanctions, Trump said:
“My actions today send a clear message to the Iranian regime and those in the international community who refuse to stand up to Iran. The United States will not allow the Iranian regime to further advance capabilities to directly threaten and terrorize the rest of the world.”