DUBAI – Iran condemned on Thursday as arbitrary and illegal reported US plans for new sanctions on international companies and individuals over Tehran’s ballistic missile programme.
“As we have declared to the American government … Iran’s missile program has no connection to the (nuclear) agreement,” state television
quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hossein Jaber Ansari as saying. In Washington, sources familiar with the situation said on Wednesday the US government was preparing the sanctions, which the Wall Street Journal said would target about 12 companies and individuals in Iran, Hong Kong and the United Arab Emirates for their suspected role in developing Iran’s missile programme. “Iran will resolutely respond to any interfering action by America against its defensive programs,” said Jaber Ansari, rejecting any new sanctions as “arbitrary and illegal”.