U.S. authorities have imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro because of his involvement in arms deals with Iran, as well as against the Iranian Ministry of Defense. This was stated by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a speech, TOP NEWS reported on Monday, September 21. He called Maduro “previous president” because the U.S. recognizes Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaydo as interim head of state.
“We also impose sanctions against the previous Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro because corrupt officials in Tehran have been working for almost two years with the illegitimate regime in Venezuela to violate the UN arms embargo (Iran – Ed.),” Pompeo said.
The U.S. is also imposing new sanctions on the Iranian Defense Ministry, the Iranian Defense Industries Organization, and its director.
“Today I will take the first step under this new executive order (U.S. President – Ed.) by imposing sanctions against the Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Iranian Armed Forces, as well as the Iranian Defense Industries Organization and its director,” the State Department head said.
Also, the State Department and the U.S. Ministry of Finance jointly impose sanctions against six individuals and three companies associated with the Iranian nuclear program. In addition, the U.S. Treasury Department imposes separate sanctions against three individuals and four companies associated with the Iranian ballistic missile program.
“Our actions today are a warning that needs to be heard around the world. Whoever you are, if you violate the U.N. arms embargo on Iran, you risk being subject to sanctions,” Pompeo concluded.
Earlier, the U.S. announced the restoration of UN sanctions against Iran. Also, Washington has threatened with measures for nuclear supporters of Tehran.