0444 GMT April 20, 2019
The individuals and entities designated by the US Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), together with the U.S. Department of State are said to have connections with Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND), which helped the Iranian “defensive entities” and “whose key personnel played a central role in the Iranian regime’s past nuclear weapons effort,” according to a statement on Friday by the US Treasury Department.
“The U.S. government is taking decisive action against actors at all levels in connection with Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (SPND) who have supported the Iranian regime’s defense sector,” said Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin, IRNA reported.
“The United States will continue applying maximum pressure to the Iranian regime, using all economic tools to prevent Iran from developing weapons of mass destruction. Anyone considering dealing with the Iranian defense industry in general, and SPND in particular, risks professional, personal, and financial isolation,” he added.