The sanctions were placed in response to Iran's continued provocative actions, including its recent launch, according to a Treasury Department press release Friday.
Officials have always been concerned the technology used to put a satellite into space could also be repurposed to make a long-range ballistic missile capable of one day potentially hitting the U.S. The Simorgh rocket is based on a North Korean design. At the time, experts said that while the rocket itself was not able to fly far enough to be considered an intercontinental ballistic missile, it "could be Iran's road to an ICBM".
It is the United States administration that must stop the continuation of its hostile approaches to Iran and its unilateral policies in violation of the JCPOA, the Iranian spokesperson added. We believe that what happened overnight, in the early morning hours here in Washington, is inconsistent with the Security Council resolutions.
Iranian state television showed footage of the firing of the rocket.
'The US government will continue to aggressively counter Iran´s ballistic missile-related activity, whether it be a provocative space launch. or likely support to Yemeni Houthi missile attacks on Saudi Arabia such as occurred this past weekend, ' Mnuchin said.
Larijani said that the main objective behind the U.S. Congress is to prevent foreign investment in Iran.
He also urged the U.S. officials to prevent unlimited arms sale and deadly weaponry for wars "which have targeted security, stability and peace in the region".
Despite the fact it carried a satellite into space, the United States has argued the launch was tantamount to a ballistic missile launch because that type of long-range missile technology is inherently created to be able to carry a nuclear payload.
Iran inaugurated the Imam Khomeini Space Center in Semnan Province on Thursday, the first base in Southwest Asia for sending satellites into orbit, which has been described a "turning point" in the country's space activities.