By: D.K Choudhary
Iran Bans U.S. Wrestlers to Compete Freestyle World Cup
i. Iran government on February 3, 2017 banned the United States wrestlers from participating in the freestyle World Cup to be held in February 2017 as a counter-move against President Donald Trump’s executive order suspending visas for Iran.
ii. This decision is seen as the first step by Iranian government in response to Trump’s executive order banning visas for seven Muslim-majority countries.
iii. The World Cup competition is scheduled to be held from February 16-17 in the western Iranian city of Kermanshah, Iran.
iv. The U.S. freestyle wrestlers who were to participate in the championship includes, Kyle IranSnyder, the Woodbine, Md. Gold medalist at the Rio Olympics, and Jordan Burroughs, the three-time world champion and gold medalist from the 2012 Summer Games.
♦ Capital: Tehran
♦ Currency: Iranian rial
♦ President: Hassan Rouhani
United States Imposes New Sanctions on Iran
i. The United States President Donald Trump imposed a new sanction on February 3, 2017 on Iran in a move to punish Tehran for its latest ballistic missile test.
ii. US have imposed sanction on more than two dozen Iranian entities after Islamic republic dismissed President Donald Trump’s warnings over the missile test saying it as baseless and provocative.
iii .The missile test carried out by Iran violated the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which said that Tehran cannot test missiles capable of delivering a nuclear weapon.
iv. The US government has sanctioned all those individuals and entities that were directly or indirectly involved in procurement of technology and material that supported Iran’s ballistic missile programme.
v. It has also levied ban on banking transfers against 25 Iranians and companies that assisted in Tehran’s ballistic missile program and support of terrorist groups.
♦ Capital: Washington, D.C.
♦ President: Donald Trump
♦ Currency: United States Dollar