U.S. targets Iran’s interior minister in latest round of sanctions

U.S. targets Iran’s interior minister in latest round of sanctions

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced Wednesday that it will sanction Iran’s interior minister for human rights abuses, the latest move in the Trump administration’s “maximum pressure” campaign against Tehran, CNBC reports.

The new penalties targeted a dozen individuals, including Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, according to the Treasury notice. The sanctions also target three entities, including two prisons as well as a law enforcement group.

“We have reason to believe Minister Rahmani Fazli gave carte blanche orders authorizing Iranian police forces to use lethal force on peaceful protestors and bystanders,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement. “His orders led to the killing of many protestors, including at least 23 minors,” the nation’s top diplomat added.

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