US Certifies Iran’s Compliance With Nuclear Deal, Announces New Sanctions Next Day

In this picture taken on Friday, July 17, 2015, an Iranian woman walks past a Sony dealer at a shopping center in downtown Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi)

An Iranian woman walks past a Sony dealer at a shopping center in downtown Tehran, Iran. (AP/Ebrahim Noroozi)

The United States announced new sanctions against Iran on Tuesday over its ballistic missile program and what it called Tehran’s support for terrorist groups in the Middle East.

The sanctions announced by the State Department target 18 individuals or entities described as supporting Iran’s ballistic missile program or the elite Republican Guard.

The announcement came a day after the US certified that Iran was complying with the landmark nuclear deal signed two years ago with the United States and other world powers, but also warned it was preparing new sanctions.

“The US remains deeply concerned about Iran’s malign activities across the Middle East which undermine regional stability, security, and prosperity,” State Department said.

It cited Iran’s support for Hezbollah, Hamas, the government of Syria and Houthi rebels in Yemen fighting a US-backed coalition led by Saudi Arabia.


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