The US has announced fresh sanction against Iran over its ballistic missile programme.

According to a statement from the US State Department, 18 entities or individuals would be affected by the new measures.

The statement also said all 18 entities had supported Iran’s ballistic missile programme or the Elite Republican Guards Corps.

The US State Department also criticised Iran’s support for the Syrian government and groups such as Hezbollah and Hamas.

Report says Iran has vowed to retaliate against the new sanctions.

Iranian foreign minister, Mohammad Javad Zarif described the sanctions as one-sided and illegal.

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