Iran sanctions 15 USA companies

Separately, on Thursday, bipartisan leadership in the US Senate introduced a bill that would severely sanction Tehran over its ballistic missile work and its proxy activities across the Middle East, targeting several Iranian entities that were previously relieved of sanctions under the nuclear accord implemented previous year.

Iran has imposed sanctions on Raytheon, a U.S. defence industry company and 14 other companies for alleged human rights violations and cooperating with Israel, the state news agency IRNA reported on Sunday.

A Foreign Ministry statement carried by the state-run IRNA news agency said the sanctions barred companies from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors would not be eligible for visas.

In February, Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colo.), a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said Iran should be named an FTO at an event on Capitol Hill.

Washington last month imposed new sanctions on individuals and companies supporting Iran's ballistic missile programme and on its elite Revolutionary Guards.

The list also included Re/Max Real Estate, which Tehran accuses of "buying and selling homes in settlements located in the occupied territories". The Israeli Defense Ministry is reportedly seeking to buy some 200 tactical trucks from the Oshkosh, Wisconsin-based company.

The measure comes after a missile test led the U.S. to introduce sanctions against Iran in February, which Iranian authorities said violated the 2015 nuclear deal between the two countries.

Meanwhile, a senior Iranian lawmaker said Iran would consider a bill branding the U.S. military and the Central Intelligence Agency as terrorist groups if the U.S. Congress passes a bill designating Iran's Revolutionary Guard a terrorist organization.

But it underscored growing tension between the United States and Iran since the election of Trump, who has condemned the 2015 nuclear deal that his predecessor Barack Obama and leaders of five other world powers struck with Tehran and labelled the Islamic Republic "the number one terrorist state".

It comes after Iran denied USA accusations on Saturday that its fast-attack boats were "harassing" warships at the mouth of the Gulf, and said Washington would be responsible for any clashes in the key oil shipping route.

  • Julie Sanders