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    US Said to Be Preparing New Sanctions Against Iran

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    Despite renewed hopes for reconciliation between Washington and Tehran following the Iran nuclear deal, the Obama administration is reportedly preparing new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

    In July, negotiations between Iran and the P5+1 nations, including France, Russia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, and Germany, led to a historic deal. Under the terms of the deal, after providing assurances that it was not enriching uranium to pursue a nuclear weapon, international sanctions against Iran would be gradually lifted.

    But on Wednesday, US officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, revealed that the US Treasury Department is prepared to roll out new sanctions against companies and individuals not only in Iran, but also in Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates, according to the Wall Street Journal.

    The penalties are reportedly related to Tehran’s test-firing of two ballistic missiles, one in October and another in November. Washington views the launches as a violation of international law, though Tehran maintains that the tests were conducted in according with UN regulations, and the missiles are defensive only.

    If approved, the sanctions would apply to five government officials working in Iran’s Ministry of Defense for Armed Forces Logistics.

    The Obama administration is also targeting Mabrooka Trading Co. LLC, a UAE-based entity, as well as its founder, Hossein Pournaghshband, for its alleged role in aiding Iran’s ballistic missile program. Penalties would also apply to Anhui Land Group Co, a Hong Kong-based subsidiary said to be used by Pournaghshband to produce carbon-fiber material for the missile program.

    The sanctions would place these entities on a business blacklist, and would freeze their assets in US banks.

    US officials stress that new sanctions are unrelated to the nuclear accord, but Iranian officials have warned in recent months that new financial penalties would be seen by Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as a breach of the agreement.

    Tehran recently accused the United States of violating the nuclear accord over legislation passed by the US Congress. New laws passed after the San Bernardino shooting require any foreign national who has visited Iran or Syria to obtain a visa before entering the US. Tehran claims this move could harm Iranian business, and cut off access to foreign investment.

    The Treasury Department’s decision comes as the Obama administration prepares to lift sanctions related to Tehran’s nuclear program. The lifting of those penalties was set to begin next month, following Iran’s shipment of 25,000 pounds of uranium to Russia, a sign that the government was abiding by the accord.

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    • avatar
      jas
      No surprise that the US would renege and deny it. They just wanted the inspections and to take the Uranium. The next move will be a physical attack on Iran. It's what they did in Libya, disarm and attack.
    • avatar
      lianasammartino
      Us is jealous of Russia -Iran business, but cannot stop it.....it will continue if they want it or not,may be using gold, and other nations will DO BUSINESS WITH IRAN!!!!
    • avatar
      allperils
      The more they sanction a nation, the stronger they become.
    • avatar
      in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, How to put this, there is no way the USA will attack Iran. If they do, they may be fast gun slingers just like Jack Palance was but Iran is for them in this case - Shane!
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      jasin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Israel will do it, or some other lame scam. It doesn't matter who does it. Nobody thought they'd be crazy enough to take out Gaddafi or Hussein either. Israel controls the US and it doesn't give a damn how many in the US get hurt.
    • Drain the swamp
      The jews have taken over the US State and Treasury Depts and are carrying out " lawfare" as invented by dershowitz. The dumb WASPS are fast asleep as the might of the US is used for zio ends by the szubins and noodlemans in OFAC. And they have spent two years negotiating only to add even more sanctions, the problem is medvedev in Russia too, who went along with their games in the UNSC in the past. Putin has overturned the S300 ban and Iran will be ready to take in any attackers by end January 2016 , with satellite cover to spot the 550mph B2 stealth which may then be easily shot down. The zio window of opportunity expires with Obama presidency.
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      in reply tojas(Show commentHide comment)
      jas, Israel is 1/10 of the population of Iran. They may have war heads but they are either untested or if they use them the last 100 years of the Jewish image that has been carefully built will disappear and from the nation that survived a genocide they will be perceived as the destroyers of humanity.

      Will they attack? I do not think so. Do they wish to attack? You bet they do.

      No invasion on Iran.
    • Drain the swampin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Sorry but the Russian Army archives revised the Auschitz 4m down to 1.5m in 1989, so we are left with the strange equation of "genocide " 6-4+1.5=6m?? And remember the 1.5 included all people not just jews, and we havent come to the 2m Belsen revision yet !!
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      in reply toDrain the swamp(Show commentHide comment)
      WW3 is here, I reserve the right to refuse playing with numbers of this nature. I can say just this many Jews and even more Russians have died in the two great wars. Put your agenda against the Jews (as whole) aside. Thanks.
    • Drain the swampin reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, Kindly advise after watching harleyguy/levanthal 911 interview in the first hour, if WTC7 was brought down by silverstein or the 19 muzzys? There is a third truth about, that is is it the Palestinians or the polish khazar zionists who have the hebrew chosen DNA, but we come to that later.
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      in reply toDrain the swamp(Show commentHide comment)
      WW3 is here, Can you stick to one subject/topic or you want to water it down by bringing all sorts of stuff into a conversation?

      I have seen majority of documentaries and have read and studied WWI and WWII and I understand what's your take on it. I do. I see your angle and standpoint but I refuse to do it in this way as I have done it so many times in the past and I could not be bothered repeating it. 911, Zionists, Mossad, Silverstein leasing WTC, breakfasts on the top level, dermatologist, other jews who were owners of contracting companies, Israel, Palestine, Hitler, Conc. camps, secret plans to control finances, all of that. Spare me of it.

      I am not a Zionist, nor a Jew nor I care more or less about Jews or any other nation. Mate, I am an Australian and I do not support violence, wars, injustice, extremism of any sort including puristic Russian Orthodox, Christian, Muslim, Jewish, Buddhist or any other radical, far right or far left standpoint including any form of Americanisms or any other BS, including conspiracy theories. Can you accept that, please?
    • avatar
      Donboston27
      Ofcourse the US had absolutely no interest in canceling irans sanctions . They simply made a deal iran stop trying for a nuke in exchange for canceling sanctions but washingtons backstabbing strategy was to immediately find new reasons to either keep sanctions or impose new ones so they will keep accusing iran of things and punish them with sanctions but expecting iran to exactly abide by the agreement . Iran better make it clear from the get go , any new sanctions would be seen as breach of agreement and if significant pressure put on them , they will get back to enriching uranium and work toward a nuke .
    • avatar
      Oh, and I am emotionally hurt now when I get all these thumbs down :)
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      Donboston27in reply to (Show commentHide comment)
      vendor, In case the US , israel or anyone else attack or bomb iran or tehran , Russia promised to hand over nuclear ballistic missiles to iran directly complete and ready to fire and washington knows it which is why they hesitated to bomb irans nuclear facility in first place long ago
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      in reply toDonboston27(Show commentHide comment)
      Donboston27, is this a rumour or the promise has been documented officially?
    • avatar
      Mitach2002
      How About America just put sanctions on everyone. I don't think anyone cares anymore.
    • Ivan Buckeye
      There won't be any peace between Iran and the U.S The U.S government never intended for such and only signed up for the agreement to buy some time. Anything Iran does will be recorded as being in violation or outside the bounds of the argeement and added to a fairytale list of things to later justify war or bombings.
    • avatar
      Ayelyah
      i was waiting for the punch line....with nothing to cover their nakedness in this blatantly obvious move of the NWO global criminal cabal that has infected and infested our planet....this is not "the US" this is sick and twisted nests of criminals that have been moved into position... individuals that are being shaken to the surface for all the world to see the worst of humanity
    • Terra
      u.s Said to Be Preparing New Sanctions Against Iran?

      Not only is the u.s a worldly bully but it is a cry baby as well!
      Ahhh poor little cry bully, didn't you get a nice x-mas present this year from the western santa claws?
      Grow up for once will yah!!!
    • avatar
      Elsa JV
      Who invented sanctions? The US should stop being the policeman of the world, it polices the world as its police treats minorities -- with deadly force, without exception.

      Almost all of the conflict, destruction, and hurt in this world is caused by the US and the end is not yet in sight.

      Someone please stop this people before we are embroiled in another world war and this time it will be total destruction and the end to the world as we know it.
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