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Washington - Report: White House Delays Imposing New Sanctions On Iran

Published on: December 31, 2015 08:36 PM
By: Reuters 
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Washington - The White House has delayed imposing new financial sanctions on Iran over its ballistic-missile program, The Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the Journal, citing US officials, said the Obama administration was preparing to sanction nearly a dozen companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their role in developing Iran’s ballistic-missile program. 

The US sanctions were expected to be formally announced this week, the newspaper said.

Sources familiar with the situation confirmed to Reuters that the United States was preparing sanctions. 

The Obama administration is committed to combating Iran’s missile program and the sanctions being developed by the US Treasury Department remain on the table, theJournal reported on Thursday, citing US officials.

But US officials offered no definitive timeline for when the sanctions would be imposed, the newspaper said. At one point, they were scheduled to be announced on Wednesday morning in Washington, according to a notification the White House sent to Congress, the Journal reported.

Imposing such penalties would be legal under the landmark nuclear agreement forged between global powers and Iran in July, the officials said, according to the Journal.

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Iranian officials have said the country’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, would view such penalties as violating the nuclear accord. 

US officials have said the Treasury Department retains a right under the nuclear deal to blacklist Iranian entities suspected of involvement in missile development.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani ordered his defense minister on Thursday to expand Iran’s missile program, in defiance of the US threat to impose sanctions over a missile test Iran carried out in October.



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 Dec 31, 2015 at 09:13 PM Now he's a what Says:

Obama chickened out! ..so what's new??!!

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 Dec 31, 2015 at 09:33 PM Anonymous Says:

Wimp.

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 Jan 01, 2016 at 12:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Since when did iran become on the same level of power as the US that they can threaten us and we need to kneel before them? Is Obama really this bad???

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 Jan 01, 2016 at 01:30 AM LebidikYankel Says:

The Israelis were right

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 Jan 01, 2016 at 07:52 AM No Hillary Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

Since when did iran become on the same level of power as the US that they can threaten us and we need to kneel before them? Is Obama really this bad???

He's even worse. Obama and Hillary have done so much damage to this country and world.
And plenty of people who read this site, will blindly vote for Hillary, what fools.

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 Jan 01, 2016 at 08:00 AM Anonymous Says:

Give the Pres a break....he's busy filming comedy videos with Seinfeld!

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 Jan 01, 2016 at 08:24 AM HankM Says:

Obama is not Moslem, and anyone who says so is uneducated. What he is, is a vocal Moslem sympathizer, who has strong feelings for the people of his youth and the lansmen of his father.

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