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US steps up sanctions on Iran over nuclear programme

Published on Aug 29, 2014 10:58 PM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The United States imposed new sanctions Friday on networks linked to Iran, stepping up pressure over Teheran’s controversial nuclear programme.

The Treasury Department said the sanctions target individuals and entities under Iran-related authorities that are involved in Iran’s missile and nuclear programmes, efforts to evade international sanctions and support for terrorism.

The White House’s National Security Council said that despite the additional measures, the US remained committed to working with its partners in seeking an international deal with Teheran over its controversial pursuit of atomic power.

“Just as we announced these measures and continue to enforce pre-existing sanctions on Iran, the United States remains committed to working with our P5+1 partners toward a long-term, comprehensive solution that provides confidence that Iran’s nuclear programme is exclusively peaceful,” said Caitlin Hayden, NSC spokeswoman.

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