U.S. imposes new sanctions on Iran airline
The United States on Wednesday imposed new sanctions on Iran’s biggest airline and its shipping network for helping transporting lethal aid and weapons of mass destruction proliferation to Yemen.
The U.S. State Department targeted Shanghai-based ESAIL Shipping Company, which U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said “knowingly transports illicit materials from Iran’s Aerospace Industries Organization, which oversees all of Iran’s missile industry”
Also blacklisted was an Iranian shipping network involved in smuggling lethal aid from Iran to Yemen on behalf of the so called Revolutionary Guards Corps.
New sanctions were also imposed on Mahan Air and three of its general sales agents by the State Department and the U.S. Treasury Department over its role in weapons of mass destruction proliferation, Pompeo said.
In addition to the sanctions on the companies, Pompeo threatened additional sanctions on those who conduct illicit transactions with them.