September 4, 2019 / 8:54 AM / 15 days ago

Iran says U.S. sanctions on its space agencies 'ineffective' - TV

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends a news conference with Russia's Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov (not pictured) after their meeting in Moscow, Russia, September 2, 2019. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina/File Photo

DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran rejected on Wednesday as “ineffective” U.S. sanctions imposed on Tehran’s civilian space agency and two research organisations for allegedly being used to advance the country’s disputed ballistic missile programme.

“Americans are addicted to sanctions. These sanctions are totally ineffective,” Iran’s semi-official Tasnim news agency quoted Foreign Ministry Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying.

On Tuesday, the U.S. Treasury sanctions targeted the Iran Space Agency, Iran Space Research Centre and the Astronautics Research Institute, according to a statement on its website.

Writing by Parisa Hafezi; Editing by Catherine Evans

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