The US Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on a group of Iranian and Chinese entities and nationals, including two senior Iranian defense officials, who sold missile technology to the Syrian regime.
In Washington, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said "These sanctions target Iranian officials as well as a China-based network that are providing support to Syria and supplying items to further Iran's ballistic weapons program.
"It is alarming that individuals involved with Iran's missile program are assisting the brutal Assad regime, and we are taking action to curtail this behavior," he said.
The department took the step against a Chinese businessman, Ruan Runling, three Chinese companies owned by him, an Iranian company and the two Iranian officials, Rahim Ahmadi and Morteza Farasatpour. The punitive measure froze their assets and made it illegal for US citizens, banks or companies to engage in business with any of them.