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Iran sanctions 15 USA companies over alleged backing of Israeli 'atrocities'

27 March 2017

Tehran has imposed sanctions on 15 USA companies "supporting terrorism", local media reported Sunday.

As a result, the United States companies in question are prohibited from making any deals with Iranian firms, and former and current top management of the companies will not be eligible for Iranian visas.

The move comes two days after Washington imposed bans on dozens of foreign companies or individuals for aiding the Islamic republic, according to Press TV.

Meanwhile, in another tit-for-tat move, a senior Iranian lawmaker said that Iran would consider a bill branding the U.S. military and the Central Intelligence Agency as terrorist groups if the U.S. Congress passes a bill which would designate Iran's Revolutionary Guards Corps as a terrorist organization.

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The agency quoted Iran's foreign ministry as saying the companies had "flagrantly violated human rights" and cooperated with Israel against the Palestinians.

Among the companies are major USA defense contractor Raytheon, Re/Max Real Estate, gun manufacturer Magnum Research, defense and military equipment producer Oshkosh Corporation, and Elbit Systems.

On Friday, the U.S. State Department said Washington had sanctioned 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria. The ministry also said that these companies committed human rights violations.

Many of Iran's allegations, concerns and complaints are against companies they claim sold aircraft, advanced military weapons, firearms, armored vehicles, missile systems, equipment or security devices to Israeli military groups - some of which they claim were used on Palestinian civilians. Fox news reported former and current directors of the 15 US companies named will not be eligible for visas in Iran, as part of the sanction. However, this decision is largely symbolic because these companies do not do business with Iran. The companies that will be affected by the sanctions include Raytheon, Daniel Defense, Re/Max and Oshkosh.

Iran sanctions 15 USA companies over alleged backing of Israeli 'atrocities'