Yesterday, Friday, the United States announced new sanctions targeting Iran's ballistic missile and drone programs, and officials said they were involved in hacking US infrastructure, as Washington seeks to increase pressure on Tehran .
The US Treasury Department said in a statement that it had imposed sanctions on four companies, one of which is based in Iran and the rest are based in Hong Kong, because they provided material and technical equipment for Iranian ballistic missile and drone programs.
Treasury also said it had imposed sanctions on six officials of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Cyber Command for malicious activities targeting critical infrastructure in the United States and elsewhere.
The new sanctions came in response to the killing of three US soldiers and wounding of 40 others at a base in Jordan, in an attack Washington blamed on agents of Tehran.
The three companies headquartered in Hong Kong are FY International Trading, Dooling Technology HK Limited and Advantage Trading Limited.
The fourth company is based in Iran, named “Narin Sepehr Mobin Estates”, which is affiliated with Peshtazan Kavush Kostar Bushra Company.
In a separate statement, the US Treasury said it had imposed sanctions on six officials of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard's Central Election Commission.
These six are Hamid Reza Lashkarian, Mehdi Lashkarian, Hamid Homayunfal, Milad Mansouri, Muhammad Bagher Shirinkar, and Reza Muhammad Amin Sabarian.
In a statement, the US judiciary accused Iranian officials and Turkish cadres of an energy conglomerate in Ankara for “conspiring and selling Iranian oil to buyers linked to China, Russia and Syria to finance the Quds Force that supports Iranian terrorism.” Accused of.”
For its part, the federal prosecutor's office in Manhattan announced the seizure of “$108 million that the Revolutionary Guard companies were trying to launder.”
“Iran uses black market oil sales channels to support its criminal activities, such as the Revolutionary Guard, Hamas, Hezbollah and other terrorist groups associated with them,” he said in a statement.
The new sanctions were imposed at the same time as US airstrikes began targeting factions close to Iran in Syria and Iraq.
US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement that based on instructions from President Joe Biden, “our forces launched strikes against 7 facilities used by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard and its affiliated militias.”