U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
Statement by Robert Palladino, Deputy Spokesperson
March 22, 2019
The Trump administration continues to hold the Iranian regime accountable for activities that threaten the region’s stability and harm the Iranian people. This includes ensuring that Iran never develops a nuclear weapon.
Today, the United States designated 31 Iranian individuals and entities that have contributed to, supported, or are otherwise linked to Iran’s nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities. All of the targets designated are linked to Iran’s Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research (known by its Persian acronym as SPND) – an entity established by Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, the head of the regime’s past nuclear weapons program.
Pursuant to Executive Order 13382, these sanctions target proliferators of weapons of mass destruction (WMD) and their supporters. In addition to the blocking of any U.S. assets, designated targets will be denied access to the U.S. financial system.
The United States strongly condemns Iran’s efforts to maintain its band of former nuclear weapons researchers, preserve their work, and continue sensitive procurement activities. Other Iranian individuals who work for the regime’s nuclear program should know they risk being sanctioned by the United States.