The United States continues to impose sanctions in the final days of President Trump’s office, which ends on January 20th.
The U.S. government imposed new sanctions on several companies in the Islamic Republic of Iran, China, and the United Arab Emirates.
These companies are believed to have strong ties with shipping lines used for the import and export of weapons and construction materials in sanctioned areas.
The sanctions are also imposed on the Cuban Interior Ministry, which is accused of serious human rights violations.
US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, confirmed that Washington sanctioned several companies, including Chinese Jiangyin Mascot Special Steel Co. and UAE based construction supplies and materials company Accenture, along with two individuals for shipping steel to or from Iran.
He also said that two Iranian government organizations, who do their business in the marine and aviation industries, had also been blacklisted for violating the UN Convention, which regulates the proliferation of conventional weapons.
Trump tried to negotiate with Iran
Since 2017, Trump tried to “make peace” with the Iranian government and negotiate a program that would control and secure order in the middle east, reduce tensions in the region and improve diplomatic relations between the two countries.
Unfortunately, there were not too many positive reactions from the Iranian side.
Joe Biden already announced that he is considering returning to the 2015 nuclear deal that Trump abandoned after the Iranian government repeatedly ignored warnings and violated the agreement.
Unfortunately, it is difficult to expect the Iranian side to “give in” and agree to any signing of the agreement after the Qasem Soleimani case.
Cuban Ministry of the Interior also blacklisted
On Friday, the United States also imposed sanctions on the Cuban Ministry of the Interior due to the charges of abuse and extensive violations of human rights.
The case of the Cuban dissident, Jose Daniel Ferrer, who was tortured by the Cuban authorities, is just one in a series of cases happening daily in Cuba to all those who oppose the regime government.
Finance Minister Steven Mnuchin said the U.S. would continue to fight with all available forces against human rights violations.
Washington also blacklisted Cuban Minister of the Interior Lazar Alberto Álvarez Casas.
Bruno Rodriguez, Cuban Foreign Minister commented on that decision on Twitter, calling it a “coercive measure against our country.”