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The US Has Restricted The Supply Of 22 Types Of Metals To Iran

The US Has Restricted The Supply Of 22 Types Of Metals To Iran

The US State Department is expanding sanctions against Iran, imposing restrictions on the import of 22 types of metals and materials that can be used for the Islamic Republic's nuclear, missile and military programs.

"Those who knowingly transmit such material to Iran are now subject to sanctions under Article 1245 of the Iranian freedom and counter-proliferation act, "Secretary of state Mike Pompeo said in a statement posted on the US Department of State website.

It is noted that Iran's nuclear, ballistic, and military programs pose a serious threat to international peace and security.

Besides, any shipments to and from Iran of certain materials, including graphite, raw materials or semi-finished metals for the construction sector, remain subject to sanctions.

"Following the same provision of the law, I continue to insist that the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) controls the construction sector of Iran. The IRGC construction firm and many of its subsidiaries are still under United Nations sanctions because they were directly involved in the construction of the Fordo uranium enrichment facility," Pompeo said.

Among the metals banned are seven types of aluminum, its alloys, 98% aluminum powder, several types of steel, including stainless and maragen, beryllium bronze, and tungsten copper alloy.

In the fall of 2019, the US has already imposed sanctions on the sale, supply, or transfer to or from Iran of raw materials and semi-finished metals, graphite, coal, and software for integrating industrial purposes.

In particular, the restrictions applied to 304L stainless steel pipes, two types of foil, and CrNi60WTi ESR + VAR stainless steel.