US imposes economic sanctions on Iran Air

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The US has imposed economic sanctions on Iran’s national airline, saying Iran Air had supported the Iranian military.

In a statement, the treasury department also said the airline had provided “material support and services” to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard.

It said the paramilitary group supported terrorism and committed human rights abuses against protesters.

The US accuses Iran of aiming to develop nuclear weapons. Tehran says its programme is wholly peaceful.

In addition, the US treasury department accused Iranian port company Tidewater Middle East Company of the Revolutionary Guard Corp of exporting arms and military equipment from the seven ports it operates in the country.

“Preventing Iran from developing nuclear weapons is a top US government priority and we remain deeply concerned about Iran’s nuclear intentions,” US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Treasury Secretary Tim Geithner said in a joint statement.

“The United States is committed to a dual-track policy of applying pressure in pursuit of constructive engagement, and a negotiated solution.”

Iran Air has faced US sanctions since 1995, preventing it from buying aircraft or spare parts from Boeing or Airbus.

Last year, the European Commission banned Iran Air jets from European air space, citing safety concerns.

The new sanctions mean no US company will be able to do business with Iran Air or Tidewater, and if the companies hold any assets in the US, those will now be frozen.

“The US and our partners remain fully committed to a diplomatic solution with Iran,” Mrs Clinton and Mr Geithner said.

“However, until Iran is prepared to engage seriously with us on such a solution, we will continue to increase pressure against Iranian entities of concern.”

BBC

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7 responses to “US imposes economic sanctions on Iran Air”

  1. josephphdman Avatar
    josephphdman

    this is a good move from the us but its not enough the us  and the world should do  a lot more to stop this  iranian regeme from making a nuclear bomb, the world will be in great danger if iran posses nuclear weapons ,they will give the terrossist the bombs
    and those jihadist who believes there life begin after they die , they will be suicide bomber with nuclear bombs terrorrist jihadist ,where they are promissed 72 virgins in heaven if they die killing unbeleivers , the unbelievers stands for nonmuslims ,
    that means there target will be europe, usa ,china , russia etccc..all countries that does,nt have an islamic governement ,
    this is a serious threat to the world and it,s not a joke ,i hope the us takes this issue more seriously along with the rest of the world, the sooner the better

    1. There should be a filter for comments that keeps out ignorant people.
      If Al-Qaeda, other terrorists and the Taliban are based in Pakistan, how are they not yet able to use its nuclear weapons. But in Iran, they’ll have easy access?

      Someone should take care of you and school you a little.

    2. There should be a filter for comments that keeps out ignorant people.
      If Al-Qaeda, other terrorists and the Taliban are based in Pakistan, how are they not yet able to use its nuclear weapons. But in Iran, they’ll have easy access?

      Someone should take care of you and school you a little.

  2.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    this is a good move from the us but its not enough the us  and the world should do  a lot more to stop this  iranian regeme from making a nuclear bomb, the world will be in great danger if iran posses nuclear weapons ,they will give the terrossist the bombs
    and those jihadist who believes there life begin after they die , they will be suicide bomber with nuclear bombs terrorrist jihadist ,where they are promissed 72 virgins in heaven if they die killing unbeleivers , the unbelievers stands for nonmuslims ,
    that means there target will be europe, usa ,china , russia etccc..all countries that does,nt have an islamic governement ,
    this is a serious threat to the world and it,s not a joke ,i hope the us takes this issue more seriously along with the rest of the world, the sooner the better

    1. There should be a filter for comments that keeps out ignorant people.
      If Al-Qaeda, other terrorists and the Taliban are based in Pakistan, how are they not yet able to use its nuclear weapons. But in Iran, they’ll have easy access?

      Someone should take care of you and school you a little.

  3. 5thDrawer Avatar
    5thDrawer

    OOOooopppsss …. remind me not to book with Iran Air …. 🙂

  4.  Avatar
    Anonymous

    OOOooopppsss …. remind me not to book with Iran Air …. 🙂

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