The day after the US lifted a range of its nuclear-related sanctions against Iran under the JCPOA, it designated 8 new people and 3 new entities for their alleged involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile programme. US officials announced at the end of December that the Treasury was planning to sanction new targets in relation to Iran’s ballistic missile programme, but the introduction of the sanctions was delayed following what State Department spokesperson John Kirby described as “technical issues”. The sanctions follow two recent Iranian ballistic missile tests, carried out in October and December, the first of which a UN panel ruled violated the UN’s sanctions on Iran with the second having yet to be investigated (see previous blog).
Adam J. Szubin, the Treasury’s acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence, stated that the missile program “poses a significant threat to regional and global security”, and cited Iran’s “support for terrorism, regional destabilization, human rights abuses, and ballistic missile program.”
In addition to targeting Iranian people, the new listings include Hong Kong-based Chen Mingfu and Anhui Land Group Co., the company he allegedly uses to provide logistical support to the newly designated Emirati company Mabrooka Trading and previously designated Navid Composite, both of which are said to be involved in procuring goods for Iran’s ballistic missile programme. Candid General Trading, also based in the UAE, is designated for providing support to Mabrooka.
The full list of new designations is here.