Visitors look at a DS automobile during the International Car Exhibition in Shahr-e-Aftab south of the Iranian capital Tehran on Nov 27, 2017. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
WASHINGTON - US sanctions on Iran will snap back in August and November, a US senior official said Monday, a move after Washington's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal.
A US senior offical said the first part of sanctions will snap back on August 6, targeting Iran's automotive sector and trade in gold and other key metals
At a press briefing, Brian Hook, director of policy planning for the State Department, said, "The first part of our sanctions will snap back on August 6. These sanctions will include targeting Iran's automotive sector, trade in gold, and other key metals."
"The remaining sanctions will snap back on November 4. These sanctions will include targeting Iran's energy sector and petroleum-related transactions, and transactions with the Central Bank of Iran," he added.
Following US President Donald Trump's decision to quit the historic Iran nuclear pact on May 8, the United States vowed to re-impose sanctions lifted under the accord against Iran and inflict punishments like secondary sanctions on nations that have business links with the country.
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Washington's withdrawal from the landmark Iran nuclear deal was criticized across the world. Some of its major European allies have been working to prevent the 2015 deal from falling apart.
A senior official from Iran's Foreign Ministry said recently that European countries will soon offer a package to protect Iran's interests in accordance with the 2015 deal, official IRNA news agency reported.
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