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In this picture released by an official website of the office of the Iranian supreme leader, Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting with a group of members of the paramilitary Basij force in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016. Iran's top leader has warned that renewal of a decades-old sanction on his country will lead to reaction by Tehran. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei's website quoted him as saying on Wednesday, "Definitely, the Islamic republic of Iran will show reaction" about the renewal. He didn't elaborate. (Office of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP)

Iran imposed sanctions on 15 American companies


Iran imposed sanctions on 15 American companies Sunday, claiming those companies support Israel, terrorism and repression in the region. 

Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported that the sanctions block those 15 companies from making agreements with any Iranian firms. In addition, the sanctions prevent former and current directors of those companies from obtaining visas to enter Iran. 

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The companies include Bent Tal, United Technologies Products, ITT Corporation, Raytheon, Re/Max Real Estate, Magnum Research Inc., Oshkosh Corporation, Kahr Arms and Elbit Systems, among others.

"The sanctioned companies have, directly and/or indirectly, been involved in the brutal atrocities committed by the Zionist regime in the occupied Palestinian territories, or they have supported the regime's terrorist activities and Israel's development of Zionist settlements on the Palestinian soil," the IRNA report said.

The sanctions come after the Trump administration's decision to sanction more than two dozen Iranians and companies following an unauthorized ballistic missile test in February. 

An Iranian lawmaker has since threatened to label the U.S. military and the CIA as a terrorist group if Congress designates Iran's Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization. One leader said sanctioning the Revolutionary Guard would violate a 2015 nuclear deal the country reached with the U.S. and other nations.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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