US slaps heavy sanctions on Iran, targets arms sales

The US imposed a raft of new sanctions on Iran, including on its Defence Ministry, and measures which will punish anyone engaged in conventional arms sales to the country, as part of a so-called maximum pressure campaign.The move was designed to show that the US will enforce sanctions on Iran, after insisting over the weekend that a “snapback” mechanism, reimposing UN restrictions against the country, was back in effect.No major nation, including key allies in Europe, back the US position on the global sanctions regime, instead preferring to continue to abide by a 2015 international nuclear ag…

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