On Tuesday, July 18, the U.S. government contributed 18 organizations and individuals to the sanctions list against Iran.
As reported by RIA Novosti with reference to the state Department and the U.S. Treasury Department, the list includes two Iranian organizations, which, according to the U.S. administration involved in the program of ballistic missiles. In addition, the sanctions targeted seven organizations and five individuals that support the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps. Also on the list was «criminal organization, two Iranian businessmen and organization who organized the theft of American and Western computer programs,» reads the statement of the U.S. Treasury.
The evening of 17 July, the US administration has notified Congress that the leadership of Iran continues to abide by the terms of the «nuclear deal». Such reports, the White house, in accordance with the established procedure, shall be obliged to submit to lawmakers every 90 days. The last such report was submitted in the spring.
Despite the statement about the formal observance by Iran of conditions of the contract, administration Donald trump gave notice of intention to impose new sanctions against Iran for «hostile acts» not directly related to the nuclear program – such as ballistic missile tests, the use of patrol boats for the obstruction of free navigation in the Gulf and supporting terrorist organizations. This was reported by the website of the newspaper the Washington Post.
Spoke about this in Washington at a closed meeting with representatives of analytical centers, the US presidential Advisor for security Herbert McMaster and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin. Journalists at the meeting were not invited.
Recall that in June, the U.S. Congress supported the introduction of new sanctions against Tehran. This decision must be approved by the House of representatives and the President of the United States.
The IRGC threatens U.S. military
The chief of staff of the Iranian «Islamic revolutionary guard Corps,» major General Mohammad Baqeri said that the introduction Washington’s new sanctions against Iran will create additional threats for the safety of American troops in the region, reports Reuters.
According to Bakeri, the comparison with the IRGC a terrorist group «represents a big risk for America, its bases and military forces in the region.»
The Iranian General did not specify the threats.
April theses Tillerson
U.S. Secretary of state Rex Tillerson three months ago, immediately after the filing of the next report to Congress, accused the government of Iran of sponsoring terrorism and has criticized the «nuclear agreement» with Tehran. He said then that the plan of establishing a non-nuclear status of Iran is failing, and stressed: «This transaction is a failed approach of the past that led us to the current imminent threat from North Korea». Tillerson accused the Iranian authorities of «continuing and disturbing provocative activities.» «Comprehensive Iranian policy requires us to deal with threats from Iran, and obviously they are many,» – said the Secretary of state. He insisted that Tehran «continues to support the brutal Assad regime in Syria, prolonging the conflict, which killed about half a million Syrians» (quoted from the publication of the TASS).
«The Iranian Navy undermining the freedom of navigation in the Persian Gulf, in pursuit of the U.S. warships that are there legally. Iran have made cyber attacks against the United States and our partners in the Persian Gulf», – explained in April, the U.S. Secretary of state, mentioning that Iran is «one of leaders» among the countries that violate human rights.
Rex Tillerson stated that Iranian authorities «routinely send political opponents to jail or execute them.» «Tehran without sufficient grounds, detains foreigners, including American citizens on false charges. Some Americans are still missing or wrongly, sitting in Iranian prisons,» reminded Tillerson.
«In addition to abuses on its territory, Iran is a threat to the whole world», – stressed the head of the U.S. Department of state. He recalled the testing of ballistic missiles, which Iran continues to develop in violation of the resolutions of the UN Security Council. «The proof is obvious. The provocative actions of Iran threaten the United States, the region and the world,» he said.
Tillerson accused the government of Iran in sponsoring terrorist activities in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, as well as in supporting attacks on Israel. «Iran is the leading state sponsor of terrorism in the world, undermining U.S. interests in such countries as Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon, continuing to support attacks against Israel. Iran is responsible for the aggravation of many conflicts,» he said. Tillerson stressed that «unshackled Iran could go the same path as North Korea».
According to the head of the us diplomatic corps, Iran «exports terror and violence, destabilizing at the same time» in several countries. He reminded that Tehran is helping «Assad regime that commits atrocities against its own people». The chief U.S. diplomat accused Iran of «providing weapons, financing and training of foreign fighters» travelling to Syria.
According to Tillerson, Tehran «supports some of the Iraqi paramilitary groups» through the Islamic revolutionary guard Corps, which «undermines the security of Iraq for many years.»
He also noted that «Iran provides weapons, training and funds Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist organizations.»
«In Yemen, Tehran continues to support attempts (rebel) Houthis to overthrow the government, providing them with military equipment, funding and carrying out their training, thus threatening the southern border of Saudi Arabia,» he said.
«Iran is behind terrorist attacks around the world, including conspiracy to kill (the current foreign Minister of the Kingdom) Adel al-Jubeir, who at that time was Ambassador of Saudi Arabia to the United States, said Tillerson. Whether the assassination attempt, support (development) of weapons of mass destruction, the involvement involved in the destabilization of the rebels, Iran spends its time and money on undermining the world.»
Rex Tillerson sharply criticized the agreement on the peaceful nature of Iran’s nuclear program. «Iran’s nuclear ambitions pose a great threat to world peace and security,» he said. According to Secretary of state, the Treaty «has failed to achieve its goal,» depriving Iran of access to nuclear materials. «He only delayed the transformation of Iran into a nuclear state», – added the head of American diplomacy.
«That’s why we believe we need to very carefully look at Iran from the point of view of the threats it poses in all of the areas in the region and the world, and the nuclear Treaty is just one element of this. And so we’re going to conduct a complete reassessment of the Treaty itself,» – said U.S. Secretary of state.
Note that in the speech by Rex Tillerson sounded arguments repeatedly mentioned earlier in the speeches of the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu during his speeches to the UN and to the American politicians.
News of the missile program of Iran
Latest information about tests of ballistic missiles in Iran received in March of this year. Then it was reported about the Iranians testing a new anti-tank system. In may it became known about the test launch with the Iranian midget submarine, and testing of torpedoes in the Strait of Hormuz.
On 28 June the permanent Israeli Ambassador to the UN Danny Danon gave the members of the security Council satellite photos taken during the missile tests in Iran. They can be seen on the ground the star of David in the center of which formed a crater as a result of falling missiles. These satellite images were taken in December 2016, when Iran conducted tests of the new missiles surface-to-surface Qiam. The Israeli Ambassador recalled that the holding of such tests is a violation of UN security Council resolutions 2231.
In March this year, the Kuwaiti newspaper «al-Jarida» published information that the Iranians had built in Lebanon several plants for the production of weapons and transferred them under the control of Hizbullah. The publication stated that these plants are, at least in the last three months and produce missiles and missile launchers to them. «Al-Jarida» wrote that we are talking about the production of missiles with ranges up to 500 km, as well as anti-ship and anti-tank missiles, armoured vehicles and unmanned aerial vehicles (including the shock of the UAV). The article claimed that these weapons «Hezbollah» was tested in real combat conditions in Syria. According to reports, military factories in Lebanon, run by experts of the Ministry of defense of Iran and the revolutionary guards, the Lebanese government, this production does not control or have access to manufactured weapons.
The source of this information, «al-Jarida» is not called. But, as rightly noted in the newspaper ha’aretz journalist Gili Cohen, is a Kuwaiti publishing in the Arab world is the mouthpiece of Israel, that is, information could be obtained from Israeli intelligence and submitted for publication in the loyal Arab media.
It is assumed that the construction of military factories in Lebanon became Iran’s response to the destruction by the Israelis of similar factories in the Sudan. Air raids on Sudanese plants in 2012-2015 remains unanswered. In the case that the IDF will conduct a similar attack on the factories in Lebanon, Hezbollah can respond to missile attacks on Israeli territory, which will lead to a new war.
According to «al-Jarida», this time the Iranians have taken additional security measures to build military factories in Lebanon under the earth, on depth more than 50 meters. None of these plants do not have a full production cycle for the creation of any kind of weapons assembled at other plants, said the publication.
Against this background, Israel is particularly concerned by actions aimed at ensuring a continued presence of Iranian troops in Syria, including in the South-West of the country, near the Israeli border.