The Trump administration has put new sanctions on Iran, this time targeting the country’s shipping networks and airline.
According to The Hill:
The Trump administration Wednesday slapped new sanctions on an Iranian shipping network and airline for allegedly smuggling lethal aid into Yemen and proliferating weapons of mass destruction.
The sanctions blacklist a shipping network led by Iranian businessman Abdolhossein Khedri that the administration says sent lethal aid to forces in Yemen on behalf of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps (IRGC) and its elite paramilitary and espionage arm, the Quds Force (QF). The sanctions also target three general sales agents of Mahan Air over its alleged role in proliferating weapons of mass destruction.
“The Iranian regime uses its aviation and shipping industries to supply its regional terrorist and militant groups with weapons, directly contributing to the devastating humanitarian crises in Syria and Yemen,” Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. “Aviation and shipping industries should be vigilant and not allow their industries to be exploited by terrorists.”
The Treasury Department said Khedri’s network has supported the IRGC and QF’s smuggling mission since last year, including sending financial, material, or technological support or goods or services to armed groups in Yemen.
Tensions with Iran have been escalating for some time, and it appears a deal is incredibly far off between the two countries.