Pro-Israeli lobbying and advocacy groups are seeking answers from the Biden administration over why it removed two Iranian firms believed linked to Iran’s ballistic missile program from the US sanctions blacklist earlier this month.
The US Treasury Department had quietly and without explanation dropped sanctions on Mammut Industrial Group, and its subsidiary Mammut Diesel Company. Both had been targeted by the prior Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign.
In September 2020 under the guidance of the Trump White House, the US Treasury had identified the Iranian companies as “key producers and suppliers of military-grade, dual-use goods for Iran’s missile programs,” and further described as “Iran’s primary developer of liquid propelled missiles…”
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