US sanctions Russian and Chinese companies for supporting Iranian missile program
US sanctions Russian and Chinese companies for supporting Iranian missile program

Washington: The US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo imposed sanctions on four companies from China and Russia for supporting Iran's missile programme that remains a "significant proliferation concern." 

The US made this announcement on Friday as they continue to take tough measures against Iran for continuing their activities related to nuclear arms. Pompeo also said that "The US has sanctioned four entities in China and Russia for their support of Iran's missile programme, which remains a significant proliferation concern. We will continue to use all our sanctions tools to prevent Iran from advancing its missile capabilities." Companies which are involved in this deal are Chengdu Best New Materials Co Ltd and Zibo Elim Trade Co, Ltd. in China and Nilco Group, which is also known as Nil Fam Khazar Company and Santers Holding and Joint Stock Company Elecon in Russia for transferring sensitive technology and items to Iran's missile programme.

Earlier in the year 2018, President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the landmark Iran nuclear deal after withdrawing from the Iranian nuclear deal, Trump asked all countries to reduce their purchase of oil from Iran to zero or face secondary sanctions. Iran insists its nuclear programme is for peaceful purposes where Pompeo said all countries need to be vigilant to efforts by Iran to advance its missile programme and the imposition of sanctions against these foreign entities is consistent to prevent Iran from advancing its missile capabilities.

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