US lifts sanctions on 3 former Iranian officials and two companies
June 10, 2021 at 21:47
Washington (CNN) The Biden administration lifted a handful of Iran-related sanctions Thursday in what the State Department described as a "normal practice" unrelated to the ongoing discussions over the Iran nuclear deal.
The Treasury and State Departments lifted sanctions "on three former government of Iran officials, and two companies previously involved in the purchase, acquisition, sale, transport, or marketing of Iranian petrochemical products, as a result of a verified change in status or behavior on the part of the sanctioned parties," Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.
State Department spokesperson Ned Price told reporters at a briefing Thursday that there was "absolutely no connection" between the delisting and the negotiations in Vienna over fate of the 2015 nuclear deal.
"This is a routine, technical practice consistent with sanctions hygiene, with administrative processes that the Department of the Treasury routinely reviews and undertakes as appropriate," Price said, noting that the removal of the sanctions resulted from a petition for delisting.
He declined to go into specifics about the "verified change in behavior or status" that resulted in the removal of the sanctions.
"There's no connection to the delistings that we announced today to the (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action) or to negotiations that are ongoing in Vienna," he said.Source