U.S. enforces sanctions on 2 UAE-based business for assisting Mahan air

U.S. imposes sanctions on two UAE-based companies for aiding Mahan air

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An aircraft of Mahan Air sits at the tarmac after landing at Sanaa International Airport in the Yemeni capital on March 1, 2015.

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WASHINGTON — The Trump administration slapped fresh sanctions on 2 United Arab Emirates-based business for offering product assistance to Iran’s biggest airline company, the Treasury Department stated Wednesday.

Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC supplied parts and logistics services for Iran’s Mahan Air, which is presently blacklisted by the U.S., Treasury stated in a declaration revealing the classifications.

Treasury likewise enforced sanctions on Amin Mahdavi, an Iranian nationwide based in the United Arab Emirates, for owning or managing Parthia Cargo.

Treasury stated the services supplied by Parthia Cargo and Delta Parts Supply FZC, both Dubai-based companies, assisted Mahan Air to perform activities in assistance of Tehran’s reviled program, consisting of moving “terrorists and lethal cargo to Syria” in assistance of President Bashar al-Assad’s program.

“Today, the United States continued its maximum pressure campaign against Iran by designating two companies and one individual for procuring parts for Mahan Air,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo stated in a declaration on the heels of the statement. “Mahan Air has a long record of ferrying weapons and terrorists around the world for Iran,” the country’s leading diplomat included.

Wednesday’s action bars Americans from handling those blacklisted groups and likewise freezes U.S. properties related to the approved entities.

“The Iranian regime uses Mahan Air as a tool to spread its destabilizing agenda around the world, including to the corrupt regimes in Syria and Venezuela,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin stated in a declaration. “The United States will continue to take action against those supporting this airline,” he included.

The newest discovery comes at a vital time for U.S. diplomatic relations with Iran, which the Trump administration thinks about a rogue state. Tensions in between Washington and Tehran have actually skyrocketed after Trump’s withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear offer brokered by the Obama administration.

Pompeo prepares to lobby on behalf of the Trump administration for a return of all U.N. sanctions on Iran after the U.N. Security Council turned down Washington’s quote to extend an arms embargo on Tehran.

Last week, the United Nations Security Council voted to not extend and global arms embargo on Iran. The arms embargo on Iran is presently set to end on Oct. 18 under Tehran’s 2015 nuclear handle world powers.

The 2015 nuclear contract raised sanctions on Iran that maimed its economy and cut its oil exports approximately in half. In exchange for sanctions relief, Iran accepted limitations on its nuclear program and allowed global inspectors into its centers. Tehran has stated it will not work out with Washington while sanctions remain in location.

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