U.S. President Donald Trump's administration has imposed sanctions on nine Iranians, including the son of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
The US action came just in time for the 40th anniversary of the country's embassy in Tehran, which was seized by Iranian protesters in 1979.
|The new US embargo targets officials around Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei.|
The US Treasury Department has announced a new sanctions on Iran on its official website. Accordingly, Washington will block all US assets of the named people and ban US entities from doing business with them.
Mr. Khamenei's son, Mojtaba Khamenei, was an influential religious and political figure in Iran, previously mentioned by European sources among those who would succeed his father as supreme leader. Iran.
Iranian Justice Minister Ebrahim Raisi and his Chief of Staff Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Mohammad Mohammadi Golpayegani, were among those on the U.S. embargo list, alongside the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff Department.
The Treasury Department in Washington also punished Hossein Dehghan, one of Khamenei's military aides and a commander in Lebanon during the bombing of the US Marine Corps base in Beirut that killed 241 soldiers in 1983.
In a statement, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said, above all, the sanctions were aimed at officials in the core apparatus of Ali Khamenei, who helped Iran's supreme leader "to execute the destabilizing policies. "
Washington has stepped up sanctions on Tehran since May 2018 when President Trump unilaterally withdrew the United States from a nuclear deal that Iran signed with world powers in 2015. He wants Iran to sign a new deal that includes the whole development program of ballistic missiles of the Islamic Republic.
The Iranian side does not appear to want to negotiate, saying that it will lead to no outcome because Washington often changes its view on the signed agreements.