The US has slapped sanctions on the Lebanese political party-cum-militia Hezbollah as well as entities from Russia, Iraq and Syria over their involvement in weapons of mass destruction or missile systems.
The sanctions, issued late last month and published in a US government journal on Monday, relate to breaches of US laws against the proliferation of mass casualty weapons and ballistic and cruise missiles.
The rules prevent US government departments from doing business with eight organisations and businesses, including Lebanon's Hezbollah and the Iraqi armed groups Asa’ib Ahl Al Haq and Kata’ib Hezbollah.
The sanctioned Russian firms were NPP Pulsar, a scientific research company, the aircraft service Charter Green Light Moscow and the foreign trade facilitator Asia-Invest. Two Syrian trading firms were also listed.
The restrictions last for two years.