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FILE - The Treasury Building is viewed in Washington, May 4, 2021. The U.S. hit three more Iranian security officials with financial sanctions Wednesday in response to the Iranian government’s continued crackdown on protests over the September death of 22 year-old Mahsa Amini. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control says the Iranian regime has increased its aggressive actions against its citizens “as part of its ongoing suppression of peaceful protests against a regime that denies human rights and fundamental freedoms to its people, especially women and girls.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)
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U.S. sanctions more Iranian officials as crackdowns continue

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By FATIMA HUSSEIN

The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions against three more Iranian security officials in response to the Tehran government's continued crackdown on protests after 22-year-old Mahsa Amini died while being held by the morality police for violating the country’s strictly enforced Islamic dress code.

Hassan Asgari, Alireza Moradi and Mohammad Taghi Osanloo were the latest Iranian officials cited by the Treasury Department. The three allegedly assisted in spreading military control over largely Kurdish areas, including Sanandaj and Mahabad, which have “faced a particularly severe security response" since the protests began in September, according to the department.

Activists said Iranian security forces on Monday used heavy gunfire against demonstrators in a western Kurdish town, killing at least five during an anti-government protest at the funeral of two people killed the day before.

The Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control said the Iranian government has increased its aggressive actions against its citizens “as part of its ongoing suppression of peaceful protests against a regime that denies human rights and fundamental freedoms to its people, especially women and girls."

The demonstrations started after Iran’s morality police arrested Amini on Sept. 13 in Tehran, which she was visiting from her hometown in the country’s western Kurdish region. Police detained her over wearing her hijab too loosely. Iran requires women to wear the headscarf in a way that completely covers their hair when in public.

She collapsed at a police station and died three days later.

Amini remains a potent symbol in protests that have posed one of the most serious challenges to the Islamic Republic since the 2009 Green Movement protests drew millions to the streets.

At least 426 people have been killed and more than 17,400 people have been arrested, according to Human Rights Activists in Iran, a group that is monitoring the unrest.

“The Iranian regime is reportedly targeting and gunning down its own children, who have taken to the street to demand a better future,” said Brian Nelson, undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence. “The abuses being committed in Iran against protestors, including most recently in Mahabad, must stop.”

Sanctions against Iran have accelerated in recent months as the Biden administration tries to bring Tehran back to negotiations for a return to the 2015 nuclear deal. Iranian state media reported Tuesday that the country has begun producing enriched uranium at 60% purity at the country’s underground Fordo nuclear plant, which is seen as a significant addition to the country’s nuclear program.

Earlier this month, Iran's foreign minister, Hossein Amirabdollahian, acknowledged that Iran has supplied Russia with drones, insisting the transfer came before Moscow’s war against Ukraine, during which drones have attacked infrastructure and civilian targets in Ukraine.

The U.S. already has imposed sanctions on members of Iran’s intelligence agency, leaders of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard, prison wardens and others. The Treasury Department has also increased access to American companies that want to provide internet in the country.

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This regime is as cruel and brutal, if not worse, than when the Shah was in power.

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U.S. sanctions more Iranian officials as crackdowns continue

Finally this administration is waking up to the reality of which Trump spoke.

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Stormcrow is entitled to his opinion about the relative brutality of the Shah's US supported dictatorship, and the US hated governments that Iranians have voted in since then.

But Iranians opinions should, maybe, be given more weight. And the academics at the University of Maryland's Centre for International and Security Studies have done the work of figuring out what the opinions of Iranians are and if you check their website, you'll see they disagree pretty strongly with Stormcrow in overwhelming numbers.

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@Richard Pearce

Does your evaluation include former U.S. President Jimmy Carter?

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So USA backs and arms terrorists in Iran who murder civilians, then sanction Iran for the terrorist s killing Iranian civilians?

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The sanctions will only be an inconvenience. They will just take a relative, who isn't sanctioned on their foreign shopping trips to buy stuff and to buy houses outside Iran.

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So USA backs and arms terrorists in Iran who murder civilians, then sanction Iran for the terrorist s killing Iranian civilians?

Slowly and tiredly waving the bs flag again. Do you mind telling us who these terrorists are in Iran that the US is supposedly backing with arms? Be specific and cite reliable and verifiable sources.

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Stormcrow is entitled to his opinion about the relative brutality of the Shah's US supported dictatorship, and the US hated governments that Iranians have voted in since then.

Please stop spreading a story that is provably false. There has not been a fee contested election in Iran since 1979. The Guardian Council, a body of 12 men six of whom are appointed by the unelected Supreme Leader (who is always a senior religious figure) and six of whom are appointed by the leader of the judiciary are able to disqualfy anyone from running for office in Iran. They routinely disqualify any candidate that is even mildly reformist. They even disqualify elected legislators after winning elections if they advocate something that is seen by the religious authorites as too reformist. The Guardian Council only allows hard line Islamists to run for office. On top of that the Guardian Council can overturn any act of their national legislature. So twelve unelected men and an unelected Supreme Leader have veto power over anything their legislators do. Iran has never had a freely elected government really since the early 1950s. To say or even imply otherwise is simply untrue.

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