The US State Department is expanding sanctions on Iran, imposing restrictions on the import of 22 types of metals and materials into the country that can be used for the Islamic republic’s nuclear, missile and military programs.
“Those who knowingly transfer such materials to Iran are now subject to sanctions under Article 1245 of the Iranian Freedom and Counterproliferation Act,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement posted on the State Department’s website.
It is noted that Iran’s nuclear, ballistic and military programs pose a serious threat to international peace and security.
In addition, any supplies to and from Iran of certain materials, including graphite, raw materials or semi-finished metals for the construction sector, remain under the sanctions.
“In accordance with the same provision of the law, I continue to insist that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) controls Iran’s construction sector. The IRGC construction firm and many of its subsidiaries are still under United Nations sanctions because they were directly involved in the construction of the uranium enrichment facility in Fordow, ”Pompeo said.
Among the metals banned are seven types of aluminum, its alloys, 98% aluminum powder, several types of steel, including stainless and Maragene, beryllium bronze and tungsten copper alloy.
In the fall of 2019, the United States already imposed sanctions on the sale, supply or transfer to or from Iran of raw materials and semi-finished products of metals, graphite, coal and software for integrating industrial purposes.
In particular, the restrictions applied to pipes made of 304L stainless steel, two types of foil and CrNi60WTi ESR + VAR stainless steel.