US orders sanctions on Iran’s ballistic nuclear programme

US President Barack Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington, on January 12, 2016. United States has announced new sanctions linked to Iran’s ballistic missile programme. PHOTO | AFP

What you need to know:

  • Five Iranian nationals and a network of companies based in the United Arab Emirates and China were added to an American blacklist.
  • Mr Rouhani staked his presidency on the nuclear talks, deepening the diplomacy which involved Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States plus Germany after taking office in August 2013.
  • Four Iranian-American citizens freed by Iran in a prisoner swap with the United States have left Tehran and are flying to Bern in Switzerland, Iranian state television reported Sunday.



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