US removes two Iranian firms from sanctions list

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Two Iranian companies allegedly linked to the Islamic Republic’s ballistic missile programme were removed from the United States’ sanctions blacklist on Friday. Tehran-based Mammut Industrial Group and its subsidiary, Mammut Diesel Company, were targeted by US sanctions under former President Donald Trump’s “maximum pressure” campaign, which aimed to force Iran back to the negotiating table to discuss its nuclear programme. Under the campaign, Trump also unilaterally withdrew the US from a landmark 2015 nuclear accord between Iran and world powers. In response, Iran began exceeding the limits …

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