Jan. 5 (UPI) — The Trump administration on Tuesday slapped new sanctions on Iran’s metal and metals trade, additional ratcheting up tensions between the 2 nations.

The Treasury Division’s Workplace of International Belongings Management designated the Chinese language elements provider Kaifeng Pingmei New Carbon Supplies Expertise Co., together with 12 Iranian metal and metals producers and three foreign-based gross sales brokers within the newest spherical of sanctions.

The State Division mentioned Kaifeng, a provider of graphite electrodes wanted in metal manufacturing, and Iran-based Hafez Darya Arya Delivery Co. every “knowingly bought, equipped, or transferred, instantly or not directly, graphite to or from Iran” in contravention of the Iran Freedom and Counter-Proliferation Act of 2012.

“The Trump administration stays dedicated to denying income flowing to the Iranian regime because it continues to sponsor terrorist teams, assist oppressive regimes, and search weapons of mass destruction,” Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin mentioned in an announcement.

The brand new sanctions come as tensions between america and Iran have elevated within the days following the one-year anniversary of the U.S. drone strike that killed prime Iranian Gen. Qassem Soleimani on Jan. 3, 2020.

U.S. officers warned Monday that intercepted communications site visitors recommended Iran could be making ready a major strike to commemorate the date, The Washington Publish reported.

Iran introduced Monday it will enhance uranium enrichment, transferring it to a goal purpose of 20%, effectively above the three.67% cap negotiated as a part of the Joint Complete Plan of Motion — a multinational settlement President Donald Trump walked away from in 2018.