Iran sanctions US companies for ‘human rights abuses’

Iran's flag flies below a government building.

Iran has placed 15 American companies on its list of sanctioned companies and individuals on grounds of alleged human rights violations.

A statement by the country’s foreign ministry said the measure was to protect its “sovereignty and existence and to provide security for its people.”

The move comes two days after the US imposed sanctions on 30 foreign companies or individuals for transferring sensitive technology to Iran for its missile program or for violating export controls on Iran, North Korea and Syria, the State Department said on Friday, reported Reuters.

“The new measures of the American government, in imposing unilateral sanctions beyond its borders against individuals and entities from Iran and other countries based on fabricated and unjustified claims, are unfit to the international laws and regulations and betray the letter and general spirit of the JCPOA,” the statement read, referring to the Iran nuclear deal between Tehran and the permanent members of the UN Security Council.

The foreign ministry announcement accused the 15 companies of “infringing human rights and being in partnership with Israel in committing anti-humane crimes or violating UN resolution 2234.”

The sanctioned companies include defence technology firm Raytheon and firearms manufacturers.