TEHRAN (Press Shia) – The US government said on Tuesday that it was targeting 18 entities and people over the Islamic Republic’s missile program.

The measures signaled that the administration of President Donald Trump was seeking to put more pressure on Iran while keeping in place for now a 2015 agreement between Tehran and six world powers.

The US government said it was targeting 18 entities and people for supporting what is described as "illicit Iranian actors or transnational criminal activity," media reports said.

Those sanctioned had backed Iran's military or Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps by developing drones and military equipment, producing and maintaining boats, and procuring electronic components, it said.

The announcement came a day after the Trump administration had acknowledged that Iran was complying with the nuclear agreement.