Iran: U.S. sanctions violate Geneva deal spirit

Abbas AraghchiIran said on Friday that a new U.S. measure targeting companies and individuals for supporting its nuclear program violated the spirit of a nuclear deal reached with major powers in Geneva last month.

The United States on Thursday black-listed additional companies and people under sanctions aimed at preventing Iran from obtaining the capability to make nuclear weapons, U.S. officials said. Iran says its program is purely peaceful.

“We are evaluating the situation and Iran will react accordingly to the new sanctions imposed on 19 companies and individuals. It is against the spirit of the Geneva deal,” deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi told the semi-official Fars news agency on Friday.

Araghchi, who is also a member of Iran’s nuclear negotiating team, was referring to a November 24 interim agreement with six world powers under which Tehran would curb its nuclear program in exchange for limited relief from economic sanctions over the next six months.

In Vienna earlier on Friday, the European Union said that Iran and six world powers needed more time to work out complex technical steps to implement last month’s deal after four days of expert-level talks.

It was not clear if Araghchi’s remarks were related to the need for more time.

The U.S. Treasury and State Department said the blacklistings showed the Geneva deal “does not, and will not, interfere with our continued efforts to expose and disrupt those supporting Iran’s nuclear program or seeking to evade our sanctions.”

Some U.S. lawmakers want further sanctions on the Islamic state.

President Barack Obama’s campaign to hold off on new sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program won a key endorsement on Thursday when the chairman of the U.S. Senate Banking Committee rejected tightening measures against Iran now.

Iran has repeatedly said it will not be pressured, warning that new sanctions “could kill the deal”.

The new measure, the first such enforcement action since the first step agreement was reached in Geneva, targeted entities that are suspected of involvement in the proliferation of materials for weapons of mass destruction and have tried to evade the current sanctions.

Administration officials said Thursday’s targets include companies and individuals engaged in transactions on behalf of other companies that the United States has also previously designated under the sanctions. They include Mid Oil Asia, Singa Tankers, Siqiriya Maritime, Ferland Company Limited and Vitaly Sokolenko.

The U.S. also named five Iranian entities it said are directly engaged in actions contributing to Iran’s ability to enrich uranium.

Several other entities related to Iran’s ballistic missile program were also targeted.

The powers who negotiated the interim deal on Iran’s nuclear program – Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the United States – are continuing negotiations with a goal of reaching a comprehensive final deal in six months.

Reuters

  • man-o-war

    Sure feels like the west is baiting Iran.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Please spare me the charades. They have been “baiting” Iran for 10 years now, while somehow giving them Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon but certain people continue with this ridiculous claim that the yanks will attack the safavids. zzzzzzz gets boring after 10 years.

      • man-o-war

        They haven’t attacked and destroyed them fast enough for you. My apologies! Maybe in the coming year your fantasy will come true.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          zzzzzzzzzz
          This bomb bomb iran charade is sooooo boring
          “”One specification of the deal made in July 1985, was that over 500
          anti-tank missiles would be sent to Iran from Israel in exchange for
          American Reverend Benjamin Weir”

          “On August 20, 1985, the first load of 96 TOW missiles was sent from
          Israel to Iran. Khashoggi provided “bridge financing,” posting $1
          million of his private funds until Iran paid Israel for the weapons.””

        • hezzies are terrorists

          It’s interesting how you ignore the fact that Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon have been handed to the safavids on a silver platter by the yanks.

          • man-o-war

            How am I ignoring facts? You haven’t presented any facts to ignore. You post something from 1985 and act like things don’t change in 28 years. Israel sold weapons to Iran in 1985, ok. Israel was happy to supply weapons. They made money, helped rebuild a relationship with Iran, weaken Iraq and Iran. Did you know that the US also used to supply the Taliban and Saddam with weapons?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            lol and how quickly did the yanks attack the Taliban and Saddam?? hahaha
            Secondly the point being made was the safavids were screaming death to America and Israel while they were buying weapons from them. Now if you can’t see the duplicity there then you need to get out more. 🙂
            Btw the Taliban and Saddam weren’t chanting death to America while being supplied with weapons. And Iraq’s biggest suppliers were the russians then China and France.

          • IraniAngel

            i never really understood the point of chanting death to america… iranians love americans

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Are you denying that Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon have been handed to the safavids on a silver platter by the yanks??

      • Peaceforleb

        So you would like to see an all out war in the ME. Because if Iran is attacked or attacks, that exactly what will happen.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          You LOVE putting words in people’s mouths.
          If you want to debate something then by all means lets debate but don’t put words in my mouth and don’t give me “facts” that you get by supposedly calling family and friends. Facts that we can both verify. thank you

          • Peaceforleb

            On the contrary, I’m only outlining your hopes and dreams. As for facts, quick run to youtube or better still contact Wargame. He is full of it. Facts that is. If people on the ground who are amonst the terror is not enough facts, then what is. The main stream media. You need to stop believing only whats suits you.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            lmfao i see you continue promoting your story without anything to back it up. ok end of conversation until you can provide F A C T S. 🙂
            This is me being you, i contacted my family and friends in Syria and they said asshead had used nuclear bombs on children after he raped them.
            Wargames’s toenail makes more sense than you do.

          • Peaceforleb

            You poor soul. I hope you have a respirator. You will need it due to the extensive time you keep your head in the sand. 🙂

    • hezzies are terrorists

      According to the Report of the Congressional
      Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair issued in November
      1987, the sale of U.S. arms to Iran through Israel began in the summer of 1985, after receiving the
      approval of President Reagan. The report shows that Israel’s
      involvement was stimulated by separate overtures in 1985 from Iranian
      arms merchant Manucher Ghorbanifar and National Security Council (NSC)
      consultant Michael Ledeen, the latter working for National Security
      Adviser Robert McFarlane. When Ledeen asked Prime Minister Shimon
      Peres for assistance, the Israeli leader agreed to sell weapons to
      Iran at America’s behest, providing the sale had high-level U.S.
      approval.

      Before the Israelis would participate, says the
      report, they demanded “a clear, express and binding consent by
      the U.S. Government.” McFarlane told the Congressional committee
      he first received President Reagan’s approval in July 1985. In August,
      Reagan again orally authorized the first sale of weapons to Iran, over
      the objections of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of
      State George Shultz. Because of that deal, Rev. Benjamin Weir, held
      captive in Lebanon for 16 months, was released.

      When a shipment of HAWK missiles was proposed in
      November of that year, Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak
      Rabin again demanded specific U.S. approval. According to
      McFarlane, the President agreed.

      By December 1985, the President had decided future
      sales to the Iranians would come directly from U.S. supplies.”

    • 5thDrawer

      Why not? Tit-for-tat isn’t ‘unfair’. Stupid perhaps … but both ‘sides’ do it.

  • man-o-war

    Sure feels like the west is baiting Iran.

    • hezzies are terrorists

      Please spare me the charades. They have been “baiting” Iran for 10 years now, while somehow giving them Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria, Lebanon but certain people continue with this ridiculous claim that the yanks will attack the safavids. zzzzzzz gets boring after 10 years.

      • man-o-war

        They haven’t attacked and destroyed them fast enough for you. My apologies! Maybe in the coming year your fantasy will come true.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          zzzzzzzzzz
          This bomb bomb iran charade is sooooo boring

        • hezzies are terrorists

          It’s interesting how you ignore the fact that Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon have been handed to the safavids on a silver platter by the yanks.

          • man-o-war

            How am I ignoring facts? You haven’t presented any facts to ignore. You post something from 1985 and act like things don’t change in 28 years. Israel sold weapons to Iran in 1985, ok. Israel was happy to supply weapons. They made money, helped rebuild a relationship with Iran, weaken Iraq and Iran. Did you know that the US also used to supply the Taliban and Saddam with weapons?

          • hezzies are terrorists

            lol and how quickly did the yanks attack the Taliban and Saddam?? hahaha
            Secondly the point being made was the safavids were screaming death to America and Israel while they were buying weapons from them. Now if you can’t see the duplicity there then you need to get out more. 🙂

          • IraniAngel

            i never really understood the point of chanting death to america… iranians love americans

          • hezzies are terrorists

            Are you denying that Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Lebanon have been handed to the safavids on a silver platter by the yanks??

      • Peaceforleb

        So you would like to see an all out war in the ME. Because if Iran is attacked or attacks, that exactly what will happen.

        • hezzies are terrorists

          You LOVE putting words in people’s mouths.
          If you want to debate something then by all means lets debate but don’t put words in my mouth and don’t give me “facts” that you get by supposedly calling family and friends. Facts that we can both verify. thank you

          • Peaceforleb

            On the contrary, I’m only outlining your hopes and dreams. As for facts, quick run to youtube or better still contact Wargame. He is full of it. Facts that is. If people on the ground who are amonst the terror is not enough facts, then what is. The main stream media. You need to stop believing only whats suits you.

          • hezzies are terrorists

            lmfao i see you continue promoting your story without anything to back it up. ok end of conversation until you can provide F A C T S. 🙂
            This is me being you, i contacted my family and friends in Syria and they said asshead had used nuclear bombs on children after he raped them.

          • Peaceforleb

            You poor soul. I hope you have a respirator. You will need it due to the extensive time you keep your head in the sand. 🙂

    • hezzies are terrorists

      According to the Report of the Congressional
      Committees Investigating the Iran-Contra Affair issued in November
      1987, the sale of U.S. arms to Iran through Israel began in the summer of 1985, after receiving the
      approval of President Reagan. The report shows that Israel’s
      involvement was stimulated by separate overtures in 1985 from Iranian
      arms merchant Manucher Ghorbanifar and National Security Council (NSC)
      consultant Michael Ledeen, the latter working for National Security
      Adviser Robert McFarlane. When Ledeen asked Prime Minister Shimon
      Peres for assistance, the Israeli leader agreed to sell weapons to
      Iran at America’s behest, providing the sale had high-level U.S.
      approval.

      Before the Israelis would participate, says the
      report, they demanded “a clear, express and binding consent by
      the U.S. Government.” McFarlane told the Congressional committee
      he first received President Reagan’s approval in July 1985. In August,
      Reagan again orally authorized the first sale of weapons to Iran, over
      the objections of Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger and Secretary of
      State George Shultz. Because of that deal, Rev. Benjamin Weir, held
      captive in Lebanon for 16 months, was released.

      When a shipment of HAWK missiles was proposed in
      November of that year, Israeli Defense Minister Yitzhak
      Rabin again demanded specific U.S. approval. According to
      McFarlane, the President agreed.

      By December 1985, the President had decided future
      sales to the Iranians would come directly from U.S. supplies.”

    • 5thDrawer

      Why not? Tit-for-tat isn’t ‘unfair’.