US hits Iran with new sanctions on armed forces, leader's circle



WASHINGTON (dpa)- The United States added the Iranian armed forces and nine individuals in the inner circle of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to a sanctions list, saying the move will impede the flow of capital to the country's top officials.
The announcement by the US Treasury Department coincides with the 40th anniversary of the seizure of Washington's embassy in Tehran in 1979 and the subsequent hostage crisis that lasted 444 days.




A senior administration official said "power in Iran is not held by elected officials," but rather by the supreme leader and his inner circle who are "forcibly suppressing all opposition in the country."
Among the individuals designated for sanctions are Ebrahim Raisi, the head of Iran's judiciary, and Ali Akbar Velayati a former foreign minister accused of being behind the lethal 1994 attack on an Argentinian Jewish centre which left 85 people dead.
The move is the latest attempt by the US to increase pressure on Tehran, as it tries to force the Iranian government to change its foreign policy in the Middle East. 
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Tuesday, November 5th 2019
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