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U.S. sanctions networks it says are connected to Iran's government, military

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on two networks it says are linked to Iran’s government and military organizations, the Treasury Department said on Wednesday.

One of the networks used a Hong Kong-based front company to evade U.S. and international sanctions and target U.S. technology and components for people tied to Iran’s government and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the U.S. Treasury Department said in a statement.

The other network obtained Nuclear Suppliers Group–controlled aluminium alloy products for companies owned or controlled by Iran’s defence ministry, the department said.

The sanctions are part of a U.S. campaign to increase economic pressure on Tehran over its nuclear programme. Washington ditched a 2015 nuclear deal with Iran and five other countries and has reimposed sanctions on the country.

(Reporting by Makini Brice; Editing by Tim Ahmann)

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