IRAN slapped sanctions on the US yesterday in retaliation for Washington’s measures against its missile programme.
The Iranian Foreign Ministry targeted nine US firms and individuals for supporting Israeli “crimes against humanity in Palestine.”
On Wednesday the US Treasury sanctioned two top Iranian defence officials, an Iranian company and a China-based network for supporting Iran’s missile programme.
The sanctions block them accessing any assets they may have in the US and forbids people from doing business with them, at the risk of being blacklisted by the US.
The US State Department said however that a blockade of Iranian oil exports would remain lifted under the 2015 nuclear agreement between Iran, the US and EU.
The extension of sanctions relief came as a surprise in light of US President Donald Trump’s frequently stated opposition to the “terrible” deal.
On Wednesday night he said: “the US is not pursuing efforts to reduce Iran’s sales of crude oil at this time.”