Khamenei-linked basis and Iran’s intelligence chief are the most recent targets of Trump administration’s relentless ‘maximum pressure’ marketing campaign of sanctions.
The administration of President Donald Trump on Wednesday continued its relentless “maximum pressure” marketing campaign of sanctions focusing on Iran, blacklisting a basis managed by the nation’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei over alleged human rights abuses.
Iran’s intelligence chief was additionally a part of Wednesday’s blacklistings by the US Treasury Department.
In a assertion on its web site, the Treasury described the Islamic Revolution Mostazafan Foundation as “an immense conglomerate” with 160 holdings in key sectors of Iran’s economic system protecting finance, power, building and mining.
Treasury alleges that Foundation holdings earmarked to assist the poor and oppressed are “expropriated from the Iranian people and are used by the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei to enrich his office, reward his political allies, and persecute the regime’s enemies”, in accordance with a press release on the Treasury’s web site.
Some 50 subsidiaries and 10 people related to the Foundation have been additionally sanctioned.
As a part of Wednesday’s motion, the US Treasury additionally blacklisted Mahmoud Alavi. He is the pinnacle of Iran’s Ministry of Intelligence and Security, which Treasury claims “has played a key role in the Iranian regime’s brutal human rights abuses against the Iranian people”, together with beatings, sexual abuse, extended interrogations, and coerced confessions.
Firms, people and different entities focused by US sanctions are topic to asset freezes and Americans are typically barred from doing enterprise with them.
Trump, who is ready to go away workplace on January three when President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in, has taken a hardline stance in opposition to Iran all through his presidency.
The Trump administration unilaterally withdrew from the Iran nuclear cope with world powers again in 2018 and has imposed spherical after spherical of sanctions geared in the direction of crippling Iran’s economic system and financially punishing its strongest figures in an effort to power Tehran again to the nuclear negotiating desk.
Protests swept Iran in November 2019 after the federal government introduced a shock petrol worth enhance to lift income to assist the nation’s poorest.
Iranian authorities responded with a violent crackdown that human rights group Amnesty International mentioned killed greater than 300 protesters, together with 23 youngsters.
Iran has disputed Amnesty’s figures.
The US State Department on Wednesday additionally blacklisted two Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) officers over final yr’s protests, accusing them of complicity within the killing of 148 civilians within the metropolis of Mahshahr and imposing an web blackout to hide proof of the crackdown.
The motion bars the blacklisted people and members of their fast households from coming into the US.
“The Iranian regime maintains its grip on power through brute force, with no concern for the wellbeing of the Iranian people,” mentioned US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in a press release on the division’s web site. “The United States will continue to stand with the Iranian people and demand the regime treat its own people with the respect and dignity they deserve.”