President Donald Trump's administration put Iran "on notice" Wednesday after the world's largest state-sponsor of terrorism provocatively, but unsuccessfully, launched a medium-range ballistic missile earlier in the week. Now, the administration has made clear what "on notice" means.
The U.S. Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control announced new sanctions Friday against 13 individuals and 12 companies. At least five of the individuals are Iranian citizens or have clear ties to Iran. At least five of the business entities are based in Iran or have offices there.
The 13 "Specially Designated Nationals" named in the announcement are: Al-Hajj, Yahya Al-Hajj, Abdollah Asgharzadeh, Tenny Darian, Hasan Dehghan Ebrahimi, Muhammad 'Abd-al-Amir Farhat, Mohammad Magham, Kambiz Rostamian, Ali Sharifi, Qin Xianhua, Richard Yue, Mostafa Zahedi, Ghodrat Zargari and Carol Zhou.
Darian, Ebrahimi, Magham, Rostamian and Sharifi are listed as having direct connection to Iran, either by citizenship or possessing a passport.
The 12 business entities included in the new sanctions are Cosailing Business Trading Company, East Star Company, Ervin Danesh Aryan Company, Maher Trading and Construction Company, Mirage for Engineering and Trading, Mirage for Waste Management and Environmental Services, MKS International, Ningbo New Century Import and Export Company, Ofog Sabze Darya Company, Reem Pharmaceutical, Royal Pearl General and Zist Tajhiz Pooyesh Company.
East Star, Ervin Danesh Aryan, MKS International, Ofog Sabze Darya Company and Zist Tajhiz Pooyesh Company are listed as having addresses in the capital city of Tehran.
According to an emailed statement from the office of Retired Gen. Michael Flynn, Trump's national security advisor, the listed individuals and businesses "provide support to Iran’s ballistic missile program and to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ Quds Force."
The U.S. has previously accused the Quds force of providing assistance in attacks on American soldiers in Afghanistan and Iraq, according to CNN.
The nature of these new sanctions was not immediately clear, but John Smith, acting director for the Office of Foreign Asset Control, indicated that they may be economic.
“We will continue to actively apply all available tools, including financial sanctions, to address this behavior," Smith said, according to Politico.
The measures came just two days after Flynn issued a blunt warning to Iran after its latest ballistic missile test.
“As of today, we are officially putting Iran on notice,” Flynn said in front of reporters at Wednesday's White House press briefing.
Iranian defense minister Hossein Dehghan denied the test violates Iran's nuclear agreement with the U.S. and the United Nations.
The U.S. called an emergency meeting of the U.N. security council Tuesday in reaction to Iran's ballistic missile test, where Nikki Haley, Trump's U.S. Ambassador to the U.N., called the action "absolutely unacceptable," Bloomberg reported.
(H/T: Washington Examiner)