West hardens tone on Iran

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WASHINGTON, D.C: The United States and European allies sharpened their tone Friday (Saturday in Manila) on Iran, demanding Tehran immediately cease its ballistic missile tests, a day after it tested a rocket carrying a satellite. Amid already tense US-Iran relations, the US Treasury imposed fresh sanctions, singling out six companies owned or controlled by Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group (SHIG), which it said was central to the Islamic republic’s missile program, freezing their US assets and barring US citizens from dealing with them. Foreign financial institutions could face punitive measures if they deal with the sanctioned entities, it added. SHIG was already under UN, US and European Union sanctions. In a joint statement, Britain, France, Germany and the US condemned Tehran’s “provocative” and “destabilizing” action, saying the test was in violation of United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231.

AFP

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