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U.S. sanctions head of Atomic Energy Organization of Iran Ali Akbar Salehi

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Christian Fernsby ▼ | January 31, 2020
The United States announced yesterday that it has sanctioned the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and its chief, Ali Akbar Salehi.
Ali Akbar Salehi
American sanctions   Ali Akbar Salehi
The agency “has played a big role in Iran breaching its key nuclear commitments” under the 2015 nuclear deal, said U.S. special representative for Iran Brian Hook at a press conference at the U.S. State Department. “It has exceeded its commitments on uranium stockpile an enrichment levels. [Salehi] personally inaugurated the installation of new advanced centrifuges to expand its uranium enrichment capacity.”

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“He also chaired a ceremony when Iran started injecting uranium gas into advanced IR-6 centrifuge machines,” continued Hook.

Hook also announced that the United States will extend sanctions waivers for another 60 days to continue allowing Russian, Chinese and European companies to keep operating at Iranian nuclear facilities, despite U.S. sanctions on Iran over its nuclear program.