Iran sanctions 15 US companies for Israel ties

Companies sanctioned for Israel ties, Iran accusing companies of support of terror and human rights abuses; Iran: The sanctioned companies have, directly and/or indirectly, been involved in the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories…

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Iran has placed sanctions on 15 American companies that support Israel, claiming they support terror and commit human rights abuses.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry made the announcement on Sunday, claiming that the sanctioned companies are involved in “the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories.”

The Ministry released the statement: The 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.

It claimed that the sanctions are not on the American people, but rather the US government, the Ministry stating “While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted.”

Iran also blacklisted the companies and made it illegal to contact the companies, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announcing that “any contact with these companies and entities is illegal, their properties and possession within the reach of Iranian government’s jurisdiction will be confiscated, and no Iranian visa will be issued for the people who hold positions in these companies are in relation with them.”

The companies sanctioned are Beni Tal, Bushmaster Firearms International, H-S Precision Inc., ITT Corporation, Kahr Arms, Lewis Machine and Tool Company, Magnum Research Inc., Military Armament Corporation, M7 Aerospace/Elbit Systems, O.F. Mossberg & Sons, Oshkosh Corporation, Raytheon, Re/Max Real Estate and United Technologies.

According to most reports, none of the companies sanctioned are believed to have any business in Iran.

The sanctions come just two days after the US State Department placed sanctions on 30 foreign companies, 11 of which were sanctioned for providing technology to Iran’s ballistic missile program.

The United States Senate also introduced a bill on Thursday that would place sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile activity. The bill specifically targets Iranian entities that were relieved from sanctions under the nuclear deal, as well as the Islamic Revolutionary Guard.