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US Treasury Issues New Sanctions to Ban Humanitarian Trade with Iran
By Staff, Agencies
Washington's newly announced sanctions targeting Iran's air and maritime transport industries will lead to the restriction of trade related to humanitarian goods, the US Treasury insisted.
"US persons will be prohibited from engaging in transactions involving Islamic Republic of Iran Shipping Lines [IRISL] or E-Sail, including transactions for the sale of agricultural commodities, food, medicine, or medical devices," the Treasury's guidelines on Iran sanctions read.
"In addition, non-US persons that knowingly engage in certain transactions with IRISL or E-Sail, even for the sale to Iran of agricultural commodities, food, medicine, or medical devices, risk exposure to sanctions under additional authorities," it added.
The announcement came after the Trump administration noted Wednesday that it was targeting IRISL and Iran's major airline, Mahan Air, over baseless allegations of Tehran supporting "terrorists" in the region.
The Wednesday order put IRISL and Mahan under US presidential Executive Order [EO] 13382, which allegedly targets "weapons of mass destruction proliferators".
The Treasury's guidelines on the new sanctions stressed that entities put under EQ 13382 would not be eligible for any humanitarian sanction exceptions.
The statement comes despite Washington's claim that its sanctions do not affect Iran's access to humanitarian goods.
US officials have, nonetheless, signaled on numerous occasions that Washington's sanctions seek to harm Iran's general population in a bid to force Tehran to accept Washington's dictates.
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