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U.S. imposes sanctions against Iranian petrochemical enterprises

Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company is accused of financing the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps
10:45, 8 June 2019
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The U.S. Treasury Department introduced new sanctions against Iran that touched the country's petrochemical complex. The reason for them was the statement that Iran is funding the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps. This is reported by Voice of America.

“By introducing sanctions against the Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company, we plan to refuse to finance key players in the petrochemical sector of Iran who support the IRGC,” said US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.

Persian Gulf Petrochemical Industries Company is a large Iranian complex, which, together with its units, controls 40% of Iranian petrochemical production.

US sanctions apply to 39 of its subsidiaries and sales agents abroad. The company was accused of financially supporting the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which Pentagon forces blamed guilty of an attack on the coast of the United Arab Emirates in May, when two Saudi tankers, a UAE ship and a Norwegian tanker were damaged.
Earlier Senior Advisor to the commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps Morteza Qorbani said that Iran has two new "top secret weapons" and can use them to sink US warships "with everything and everyone aboard." This is reported by Tehran Times.

"In case of the smallest foolish act by the enemy in the Persian Gulf waters, the enemies will find out what we will do to them," said Korbani in an interview with the Mizan news agency.

According to the Iranian security official, the Americans should not send their ships to the Persian Gulf region.

Washington launched a target group of aircraft carriers Abraham Lincoln and bombers in the Persian Gulf region, and on May 24, it announced the deployment of another 1,500 troops.

In addition, the United States announced its intention to send to the region the Arlington warship of the US Navy with amphibians and aircraft on board.

At the same time, the Pentagon stated that it is ready to protect forces and American interests in the region, noting that the United States does not seek conflict with Iran.

In response to these actions, the head of the Guards Aviation and Space Division Amirali Hajizadeh threatened to “beat the Americans on the head,” in the event of any maneuvers in the Persian Gulf.
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