Trump administration slaps new sanctions on Iran after ballistic missile test

 

 

An Iranian test-launch of an Emad ballistic missile in October 2015. Credit: Mohammad Agah via Wikimedia Commons.

(JNS.org) President Donald Trump’s administration issued sanctions targeting 25 individuals and entities associated with Iran’s ballistic missile program Friday, in response to the recent missile test conducted by the Islamic Republic. 

According to the U.S. Treasury Department, the sanctions target “multiple entities and individuals involved in procuring technology and/or materials to support Iran’s ballistic missile program, as well as for acting for or on behalf of, or providing support to, Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force.”

The sanctions come just days after Trump put Iran “on notice” about its ballistic missile tests and support for terrorism. 

Iran launched the Khorramshahr medium-range ballistic missile Jan. 29 at a well-known test site out of the city of Semnan, about 140 miles east of Tehran. U.N. Resolution 2231, which was put in place after the nuclear deal between world powers and Iran was signed in July 2015, forbids the Islamic Republic from conducting ballistic missile tests for eight years.

The American Jewish Committee (AJC) praised the Trump administration’s “quick and firm response” to Iran’s missile test.

“Nefarious Iranian behavior cannot go unchecked,” AJC CEO David Harris said. “Rigorous monitoring of Iran’s compliance with the JCPOA (the nuclear deal’s formal name) and related international measures, such as the U.N. ban on ballistic missile tests, is imperative to successfully curtailing Iran’s threats to regional and global security.”

Posted on February 3, 2017 .