US expands illegal sanctions on Iran

US expands illegal sanctions on Iran
Tue Jun 4, 2013 16:56:15

The United States has expanded its illegal sanctions on Iran’s currency and auto industry over unfounded allegations about the Islamic Republic’s nuclear energy program.

US President Barack Obama on Monday signed an executive order to expand the existing sanctions on Iran.

White House press secretary Jay Carney said, “This new action targets Iran’s currency, the rial, by authorizing the imposition of sanctions on foreign financial institutions that knowingly conduct or facilitate significant transactions for the purchase or sale of the Iranian rial, or that maintain significant accounts outside Iran denominated in the Iranian rial.”

The expanded sanctions also impose a ban on the sale or transfer of goods or services intended for Iran’s auto sector.

The measures had been approved by the US House Committee on Foreign Affairs on May 22.

On May 31, the US Treasury Department issued a statement, announcing sanctions on eight Iranian petrochemical companies including Bou Ali Sina, Mobin, Nouri, Pars, Shahid Tondgouyan, Shazand, Tabriz and Imam.

At the beginning of 2012, the US and the European Union imposed new sanctions on Iran’s oil and financial sectors with the goal of preventing other countries from purchasing Iranian oil and conducting transactions with the Central Bank of Iran.

The illegal US-engineered sanctions were imposed based on the unfounded accusation that Iran is pursuing non-civilian objectives in its nuclear energy program.

Iran rejects the allegation and argues that it has the right to use nuclear technology for peaceful purposes as a committed signatory to the nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT) and a member of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).

The IAEA has conducted numerous inspections of Iran’s nuclear facilities, but has never found any evidence showing that the Iranian nuclear energy program has been diverted to non-civilian purposes.

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