Now, US targets Thai & Malaysian companies for helping Iran

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WION Web Team Washington, DC, USA Sep 14, 2018, 08.34 PM (IST)

After targeting Chinese and Russian companies over allegedly helping North Korea ramp up its nuclear and missile technology, the US Treasury Department today issued sanctions against a Thailand and Malaysian-based companies in connection with helping Iran.

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The fresh actions target My Aviation Company Ltd in Bangkok and Mahan Travel and Tourism in Kuala Lumpur, US Department of Treasury said in a statement.

"Mahan Air continues to fly into Syria every week, even as millions of innocent civilians in Idlib province are under threat of imminent attack from the murderous Assad regime and its backers in Iran and Russia," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said.

On Thursday, on two firms, one in Russia and one in China were handed out sanctions for supporting North Korea's nuclear and missile programs. The new sanctions targeted Russia-based Volasys Silver Star and China-based Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology Co.

The US Treasury Department said sanctions were imposed due to their continued "technological support" towards North Korea's missile programme.

China today, however, denied the company named Yanbian Silverstar Network Technology Co was involved in helping the North Korean regime.

"China always fully and strictly enforces UN resolutions on North Korea and meanwhile we resolutely oppose the US using long-armed jurisdiction to enact unilateral sanctions on Chinese entities or people," Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said.