US PLACES FRESH SANCTIONS ON IRAN

The United States said on Thursday it had enforced sanctions on Iran's construction sector and trade in four materials used in its arms productions, even though it had also deferred other punishments so as to let foreign companies maintain non-proliferation work in the region.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo felt that the Middle Eastern country's construction sector was heavily influenced by Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), an organization which the US classifies as a terrorist group.
 
In addition, Pompeo acknowledged four "strategic materials" as being used in relation with nuclear, military, or ballistic missile programs, making trade in them subject to sanctions.