US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has accused Iran of attempting to kill Americans in its missile attacks on bases in Iraq, and of downing the Ukrainian Boeing 737-800, as the US Treasury rolled out new sanctions against Tehran.
Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Friday announced a new round of sanctions against Iran, which he said would be aimed at stopping Tehran’s “global terrorist activities.”
The new restrictions would affect Iran’s construction, textiles, mining, steel and iron industries, among others. The sanctions will also target eight senior Iranian officials, whom Washington accuses of being involved in the latest missile attacks.
Mike Pompeo, in turn, described the newly-sanctioned officials as members of Iran’s “inner security apparatus.”
Among those sanctioned are the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council and the deputy Chief of Staff of the Iranian armed forces. A leader of a paramilitary group within the Revolutionary Guard’s Corps that acts as law enforcement and social services provider in Iran was also slapped with restrictions.
Washington also subjected 17 major Iranian metal manufacturers and mining companies to sanctions, and imposed restrictions against several China- and Seychelles-based enterprises, which it described as major “purchasers and transporters” of Iranian steel, as well as providers of critical materials for the relevant Iranian industries.
The Secretary of State also said that he has “no doubt” Iran had “full intention” to kill Americans in its latest missile strike on Iraqi bases housing the US troops. He also added that the US believes that Iran was “likely” to jave shot down the Ukrainian passenger jet that crashed after taking off from Tehran airport as well.