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Wednesday, 06 January 2016 06:29

US State Department preparing for new Iran sanctions: Kirby

US State Department preparing for new Iran sanctions: Kirby

The United States is preparing to impose fresh sanctions on Iran over the country’s missile program.


The State Department said on Tuesday that it was conferring with other US agencies about imposing sanctions on Tehran for a recent ballistic missile test.

"We are fully prepared to use sanctions with respect to this most recent ballistic missile test (and) are still working through some technical issues there," spokesman John Kirby said, according to Reuters.

"There continues to be a robust inter-agency discussion about moving forward on sanctions," he added.

Kirby was responding to reports that the State Department delayed imposing sanctions because of Iran’s objections.

"We don't take sanctions advice or guidance from Iran or any other country," he said.

On October 11, Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) successfully test-fired its first guided ballistic missile dubbed Emad.

Washington slammed the test, claiming the projectile is capable of carrying a nuclear warhead. It vowed to respond with fresh sanctions.

Iranian Defense Minister Brigadier General Hossein Dehqan said the Emad missile was a conventional weapon.


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