Iran Hits Back at New US Sanctions

Iran Hits Back at New US SanctionsIran Hits Back at New US Sanctions

Iran will impose restrictions on US individuals and entities backing "regional terrorist groups" as a response to recent US sanctions, Foreign Ministry said in a statement on Friday.

“New sanctions imposed by the US government are inconsistent with US legal commitments , and are in contrast with 'the spirit and text of' UN Security Council Resolution 2231,” the Foreign Ministry said.

The statement said that Iran’s missile program is only developed for defensive purposes and includes conventional weapons. It also stressed that Iran’s missile program is the inalienable right of the Iranian nation noting that no country or international body can have a say in this regard.

The statement came after the US Treasury Department said in a statement on Friday that Washington has imposed sanctions on 13 individuals and 12 entities.

The names of the banned American people and entities would later be announced, according to the statement.

Resolution 2231 "calls upon" Iran "not to undertake any activity related to ballistic missiles designed to be capable of delivering nuclear weapons, including launches using such ballistic missile technology" for up to eight years.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday cautioned the United States against politicizing the Islamic Republic's legitimate efforts at reinforcing its defense capabilities.

Iran banned Americans from entering the country in response to Washington's "offensive" move to temporarily deny Iranians entry to the US.

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