New US Sanctions On Iran Over Missile Program Threaten To Derail Nuclear Deal Negotiations

© Photo : Tasnim News Agency/twitterIran’s newly unveiled Kheibarshekan (meaning Castle Buster) strategic missile can hit the targets within a range of 1,450 kilometers with pinpoint accuracy
Iran’s newly unveiled Kheibarshekan (meaning Castle Buster) strategic missile can hit the targets within a range of 1,450 kilometers with pinpoint accuracy - Sputnik International, 1920, 31.03.2022
The US announced sanctions against various people and groups it accuses of involvement in Iran’s ballistic missile program on Wednesday. The US government insists its new sanctions on Iran aren’t meant to impact efforts to restore the nuclear deal.
According to a statement by the US Treasury, the US "will not hesitate to target those who support Iran's ballistic missile program." Though the move is likely to complicate ongoing negotiations with Iran, Washington continues to insist on "Iran's full return" to the conditions of the nuclear deal from which the US unilaterally withdrew under President Donald Trump in 2018.

The US Treasury added that Washington “will also work with other partners in the region to hold Iran accountable for its actions,” before describing actions such as Iranian strikes on an alleged Mossad facility as “gross violations of the sovereignty of its neighbors.”

The US also justified the move with claims that Yemeni strikes against a Saudi Aramco facility this month were “Iranian enabled."
But despite repeated escalations in the unilateral sanctions regime imposed on Iran by Washington, Iran’s crude oil exports have reportedly increased by an astonishing 40% since August.
In this Nov. 2, 2019 file photo, Chief of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Gen. Hossein Salami speaks in a ceremony to unveil new anti-U.S. murals painted on the walls of former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran. The chief of Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard warned Monday, Jan. 27, 2020,  that it will retaliate against American and Israeli commanders if the U.S. continues to threaten top Iranian generals. “I warn them to withdraw from this field,” Gen. Hossein Salami told state television, adding if they do not, they “will definitely regret it.”  - Sputnik International, 1920, 28.03.2022
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EU Foreign Policy Chief Josep Borrell’s recent suggestion that a resolution to negotiations could come “within days” is now looking increasingly tenuous, as Borrell now insists that issues such as “the status of the Revolutionary Guard in Iran" are preventing an agreement from being reached.
With the Iranian government continuing to label the US classification of the IRGC as a terrorist organization a ‘red line,’ it remains to be seen whether the apparent impasse can be overcome.
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