The Biden administration on Thursday imposed sanctions on multiple entities involved in evading Iranian oil and petrochemical sanctions, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
The new sanctions come as efforts to restore the Iran nuclear deal have again stalled, and the US “remains concerned about a range of Iranian policies, from its nuclear program to its abuses against its own people to its support for Russia’s war.” the attack on Ukraine with drones and military training, and destabilizing activities throughout the region,” the Treasury Department said in a statement.
“As Iran continues to accelerate its nuclear program in violation of the JCPOA, we will continue to accelerate sanctions on Iranian oil and petrochemical sales under the authority that would be lifted under the JCPOA,” Blinken said, using an acronym for the formal. the name of the nuclear agreement: Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.
“These enforcement actions will continue on a regular basis with the aim of severely curtailing Iran’s oil and petrochemical exports,” he said. “Anyone involved in facilitating these illegal sales and transactions should immediately cease and desist if they wish to avoid US sanctions.”
Thursday’s State Department sanctions hit China-based Zhonggu Storage and Transportation Co. Ltd., which operates a commercial Iranian crude oil storage facility that provides a vital route for Iranian oil trade, as well as WS Shipping Co. Ltd. A ship’s manager on a vessel that has transported Iranian petroleum products,” Blinken said.
The Treasury Department also targeted other entities based in Hong Kong, Iran, India and the United Arab Emirates.
The department noted that the sanctions are “reversible if Iran returns to compliance with the JCPOA.”
However, US and European officials have expressed pessimism about the prospects of returning to the deal, and the US withdrew in 2018. Iran has increasingly violated its commitments under the deal and expanded its nuclear program.
On Sunday, Blinken told CBS’s “60 Minutes” that he “doesn’t see any possibility in the near term” of returning to the Iran nuclear deal.
“Iran has continued to try to add extraneous issues to the negotiation that we will not say yes to,” he said.
“We will not accept a bad deal, the response to the latest proposals presented by our European partners has been a very important step back,” said Blinken.
In addition to sanctions related to the nuclear deal, last week the administration sanctioned Iran’s Moral Policy after the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini in their custody.
In a statement, the US Treasury Department said it was punishing the morality police for “abuse and violence against Iranian women and violations of the rights of peaceful Iranian protesters.”