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US Sanctions Nine Iranian Regime’s Officials

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On the 40th anniversary of the Iranian hostage crisis, the US Treasury Department took action against nine “appointees and representatives” of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, who are “responsible for advancing Iran’s radical agenda”, according to the US State Department.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said: "These individuals are linked to a wide range of malign behaviors by the regime, including bombings of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994, as well as torture, extrajudicial killings, and repression of civilians. This action further constricts the Supreme Leader’s ability to execute his agenda of terror and oppression."

The US wants to block funds from reaching a shadow network of Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors in the Office of the Supreme Leader, the Expediency Council, the Armed Forces General Staff, and the Judiciary, who support terrorism, destabilize the world and oppress the Iranian people.

The nine sanctioned, all for being appointed by or acting on behalf of Khamenei, are:

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo wrote: “The revolutionary regime in Tehran has proven, time and again, that its first acts after gaining power were a clear indication of its evil character. The regime continues to unjustly detain Americans and to support terrorist proxy groups like Hezbollah that engage in hostage-taking… While the Iranian regime’s decision to jail our diplomats have cast a 40-year shadow over our relations, the United States knows that the longest-suffering victims of the Iranian regime are the Iranian people. We wish nothing more for them than a future with a truly representative government and friendship with the American people.”