WASHINGTON, Aug. 29 (Xinhua) -- The United States on Friday imposed sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities while pledging continued work toward a comprehensive solution to the Islamic republic's controversial nuclear program.
The Department of Treasury targeted the networks for their alleged support to Iran's missile and nuclear programs as well as terrorism, and for helping Tehran evade the existing sanctions.
"Treasury's action against over 25 entities and individuals -- who are involved in expanding Iran's proliferation program, supporting terrorism in the region, and helping Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions -- reflects our continuing determination to take action against anyone, anywhere, who violates our sanctions," said David Cohen, under secretary of Treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence, in a statement.
The sanctions bar American citizens from doing business with those targeted and freeze all of their assets under U.S. jurisdiction.
The White House also reiterated its commitment to seeking a peaceful resolution to the dispute over Iran's nuclear program.
"Just as we announced these measures and continue to enforce pre-existing sanctions on Iran, the United States remains committed to working with our P5+1 partners toward a long-term, comprehensive solution that provides confidence that Iran's nuclear program is exclusively peaceful," National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden said in a statement.
Iran and Britain, China, France, Russia, the U.S. and Germany, the six powers known as P5+1, agreed on July 19 to extend their talks until Nov. 24 as disagreements remained over Tehran's uranium enrichment capacity and other issues.