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U.S. announces new sanctions on Iran defense ministry and others

FILE PHOTO: U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo speaks during the third annual U.S.-Qatar Strategic Dialogue at the State Department in Washington, U.S., September 14, 2020. REUTERS/Erin Scott/Pool

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Trump administration on Monday announced new sanctions against Iran’s defense ministry and others involved in Tehran’s nuclear and weapons program to support U.S. assertion that all U.N. sanctions against Tehran are now restored, a move key allies such as the Europeans dispute.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, flanked by other top members of President Donald Trump’s national security team, also told reporters Washington had imposed new sanctions on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, who has forged closer ties between Caracas and Tehran.

Reporting by Arshad Mohammed, Lisa Lambert, Matt Spetalnick, Humeyra Pamuk, Patricia Zengerle, writing by Matt Spetalnick, Editing by Chizu Nomiyama

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