US imposes sanctions on Iranian and Chinese targets in action against Tehran’s missiles and military programs

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Tuesday imposed sanctions on more than a dozen people and entities in Iran, China and Hong Kong, accusing the supply network of supporting military and missile programs of Iran as Washington steps up pressure on Tehran.

In a statement, the US Treasury Department said the network transacted and facilitated the purchase of sensitive and critical parts and technology for key players in Iran’s ballistic missile development, including the Iranian Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, which is subject to US sanctions.

Among those hit with sanctions is Iranian defense attaché to Beijing Davoud Damghani, whom the Treasury has accused of coordinating military-related purchases from China for Iranian end users.

“The United States will continue to target illicit transnational supply networks that covertly support Iran’s ballistic missile production and other military programs,” the Treasury’s undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence said. , Brian Nelson, in the press release.

(Reporting by Daphne Psaledakis; Editing by Chizu Nomiyama)

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