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U.S. renews sanctions on Iran amid coronavirus

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | April 1, 2020
The U.S. State Department has announced that Washington was renewing several sanctions against Iran's nuclear program amid the global coronavirus pandemic.
Morgan Ortagus
State Department Spokeswoman   Morgan Ortagus
"The United States is renewing four restrictions on the Iranian regime’s nuclear program for an additional 60 days," State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said in a statement on Monday.

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Despite reports in the media, U.S. has not yet officially confirmed that some American and foreign businesses were granted waiver extensions to do business with Iran.

According to American political news outlet The Hill, the waiver decision was opposed by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, but Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin defended the necessity of extensions in the wake of heavy criticism the Trump administration has faced.

Iran, China, Russia and a number of other countries have been vocal about the lifting of U.S. sanctions at a time when countries are combating the spread of coronavirus.