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The US announced sanctions against the Venezuelan President and Iranian Defense Ministry

The head of the US State Department, Mike Pompeo, called Nicolas Maduro the “previous president” of Venezuela.

The US authorities have imposed sanctions against Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro in connection with the fact that he was involved in the conduct of arms deals with Iran, as well as against the Iranian Ministry of Defense. US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said this during his speech on Monday, September 21.

He called Maduro “the previous president” due to the fact that the United States recognizes the leader of the Venezuelan opposition Juan Guaido as interim head of state.

“We are also imposing sanctions against the previous President of Venezuela, Nicolas Maduro, in connection with the fact that for almost two years corrupt officials in Tehran worked with the illegitimate regime in Venezuela in order to violate the UN embargo on arms supplies (to Iran),” Pompeo said.

The United States is also imposing new sanctions on the Iranian Defense Ministry, the Iranian Defense Industries Organization, and its director.

“Today I will take the first step under this new executive order (of the US President), imposing sanctions against the Ministry of Defense and Logistics of the Iranian Armed Forces, as well as the Iranian Defense Industries Organization and its director,” said the head of the State Department.

Also, the US Department of State and the US Treasury are jointly imposing sanctions against six individuals and three companies associated with the Iranian nuclear program. In addition, the US Treasury is imposing separate sanctions against three individuals and four companies associated with Iran's ballistic missile program.

“Our actions today are a warning that must be heard throughout the world. Whoever you are, if you violate the UN embargo on arms supplies to Iran, you risk falling under sanctions,” Pompeo summed up.

Earlier, the United States announced the restoration of UN sanctions against Iran. Washington also threatened Tehran's nuclear supporters with measures.

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