The Biden administration officially lifted sanctions on two separate Iranian groups each involved in the manufacturing of deadly missiles.
As The Hill reports:
The sanctions, targeting the Mammut Industrial Group (Mammut Industries) and its subsidiary Mammut Diesel, were originally imposed by the Trump administration in September 2020 as part of efforts to increase a maximum pressure campaign of sanctions on Tehran over its nuclear activity and actions in the region criticized as malign and destabilizing.
The entities were identified as being “key producers and suppliers of military-grade, dual-use goods for Iran’s missile programs.”
They are part of an estimated 1,500 sanctions imposed by the Trump administration since 2018, when then-President Trump withdrew from the international nuclear accord with Iran, called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
The entities had been designated in 2020 as benefiting and providing support for “Iran’s primary developer of liquid propelled missiles,” according to the original Treasury Department news release announcing the sanctions.
The move occurs just as the Biden Administration is attempting to restart talks with the Iranian regime.