Tehran (IP) - The Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) imposed sanctions on Iraj Masjedi, Iran’s ambassador to Iraq, the US Treasury Department said in a statement.

Iran PressAmerica: "Masjedi, a close adviser to the late commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Lt Gen Qassem Soleimani, played a formative role in the forces' Iraq policy," the statement claimed.

The department accused Masjedi of exploiting his position as Iranian envoy to "obfuscate financial transfers conducted to benefit the IRGC-QF."

Separately, the Treasury Department blacklisted five Iranian entities for allegedly attempting to influence the Nov. 3 presidential elections in the US, a day after senior US intelligence officials claimed that Russia and Iran were making similar efforts.

They include the IRGC, the IRGC-QF and the Bayan Rasaneh Gostar Institute (Bayan Gostar) "for having directly or indirectly" engaged in interference, and the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU) and International Union of Virtual Media (IUVM) for being owned or controlled by the IRGC-QF.

The US Treasury Department also sanctioned 18 Iranian banks on 8th October 2020.


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