U.S. renews sanctions on Iran amid coronavirusChristian 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.
State Department Spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus
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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. ■