U.S. sanctions Iranian companies after satellite launch

The six Shahid Hemmat units targeted by the United States sanctions manufacture missile components, missile airframes, liquid-propellant ballistic missile engines, liquid propellant, guidance and control systems. 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".

The top lawmaker pointed to Iran's paramount status in the Middle East and said imposing new sanctions on the country is harmful to the U.S. "We consider that to be continued ballistic missile development".

Yet Iran's foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif said Friday his country is complying with the nuclear deal that Iran struck with the USA and other world powers in 2015.

The State Department charged on Thursday that Iran's test of the satellite launch vehicle was a violation of UN Security Council resolutions as well as the spirit of the multinational Iran nuclear deal, under which Tehran agreed to curb its nuclear programs in exchange for a lifting of some economic sanctions.

In another allegation against the U.S. adversary, Mr Mnuchin said that missile attacks on U.S. partner Saudi Arabia over the weekend by Houthi rebels in Yemen had likely come with the support of Iran.

The six Shahid Hemmat Industrial Group subsidiaries the ageny called "central" to the Iranian missile program, are responsible for a range of components to Iran's ballistic missile program, including the development of structural components, liquid-propellant, missile engines, guidance systems, research and ground control systems.

In its first mission, the base on Thursday successfully launched a space rocket called Simorgh, carrying the imaging satellite Tolou into space. A spokesman for US Strategic Command Joint Space Operations Center, Air Force Capt. Brian Maguire, told CNN there was "nothing new to add to the satellite catalog" following the reported launch.

The penalties reflect an attempt by President Donald Trump's administration to show it is staying tough on Iran even though he has yet to scrap the 2015 nuclear deal, despite threatening to do so as a candidate.