Published On: Sun, Mar 26th, 2017

Iran Sanctions 15 US Companies for Citing Human Rights Abuses and Support of Israel

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Iran foreign minister Zarif Photo Bundesministerium für Europa, Integration und Äusseres Flickr

 

Iran has imposed sanctions on 15 American companies involved in propping up the Israeli (“Zionist”) regime, terrorists and suppressing civilians in the region, The Foreign Ministry announced in a statement on Sunday.

The statement carried by the news agency IRNA said the companies are barred from any agreements with Iranian firms and that former and current directors will not be eligible for visas.

The Iranian move came two days after the United States imposed sanctions on 11 companies or individuals from China, North Korea or the United Arab Emirates for technology transfers that could boost Tehran’s ballistic missile program.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran condemns the recent measure taken by the United States administration to impose one-sided extraterritorial sanctions against Iranian and non-Iranian individuals and institutions,” the Foreign Ministry said in its statement.

“Imposition of new sanctions by the US is based on fabricated and illegitimate pretexts and amount to an action against the international regulations as well as the word and spirit of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action,” it said.

According to the statement, the 15 American sanctioned companies have, directly and/or indirectly, been involved in the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories, or they have supported the regime’s terrorist activities and Israel’s development of Zionist settlements on the Palestinian soil against the Resolution 2334 adopted by the United Nations Security Council urging Tel Aviv to stop construction of new settlements.

The following are the names of the American companies now under Iranian sanction:

 

  • Beni Tal security company has collaborated with the Israeli military in the suppression of Palestinian people.
  • United Technologies has sold Black Hawk military helicopters to the Israeli regime which have been used to bomb occupied territories and Palestinian refugee camps.
  •  Raytheon has supplied Israel with technologically advanced military weapons that have been used against Palestinian people during the Gaza war.
  • ITT Corporation has provided the Israeli military with equipment it has used to stage nightly raids in Palestinian villages and refugee camps.
  • Re/Max has been involved in illegal real estate transactions in Israeli settlements across occupied Palestinian territories.
  • Oshkosh Corporation has been supplying the Israeli military with parts for armored vehicles used to restrain the Palestinian population.
  • Magnum Research Inc. has collaborated with Israeli military industries in the manufacturing of firearms and military equipment.
  • Kahr Arms has provided spare parts and developed light weapons used by the Israeli army in cooperation with the regime’s military industry.
  • M7 Aerospace LP, purchased by US subsidiary of the Israeli military contractor Elbit Systems, has been active in the production and development of Israeli radar and missile systems.
  • Military Armament Corporation has provided services and equipment linked to the weapons used by Israeli police.
  •  Lewis Machine and Tool Company has provided weapons spare parts and services to the Israeli military’s arms industry.
  •  Daniel Defense has provided the Israeli military’s arms industry with spare parts and services for weapons manufacturing.
  •  Bushmaster Firearms International has provided the Israeli military’s arms industry with spare parts and services for weapons manufacturing.
  • O.F. Mossberg & Sons has supplied Israel with weapons, which are used by the regime’s military and police forces in the crackdown on Palestinian civilians.
  • H-S Precision, Inc. has provided the Israeli regime with weapons manufacturing technology.

The Iranian Foreign Ministry stated that the list could expand to include more entities.

The statement concluded: “The Islamic Republic repeats and insists that strengthening and enhancement of the country’s defense capabilities, including boosting Iran’s missile defense power remains to be certain and inevitable in a bid to safeguard the country’s right to defend itself against any foreign aggression and build up its deterrence power against threats.”

“The Islamic Republic of Iran accepts no restrictions imposed against its efforts to protect its dignity, territorial integrity and security of the people.”

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