Feb 20, 2020 21:20 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Mar 27, 2020 18:55 Asia/Tehran]
  • US sanctions 5 top Iranian officials ahead of elections
    US sanctions 5 top Iranian officials ahead of elections

The US on Thursday designated five members of Iran's Guardian Council, including Secretary of Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, over accusations that they are impeding fair elections in the country.  

Iran PressAmerica: In addition to Secretary of Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, the US has also sanctioned the council's senior member, Mohammad Yazdi, and three members of the council's Central Committee for Election Supervision.

Yazdi served on the supervisory committee for Iran's pending presidential and midterm elections, according to the Treasury Department.

The US treasury department in an interfering manner claimed Iran's Guardian Council is responsible for disqualifying electoral candidates from competing in elections, effectively "blocking candidates that do not mirror" Iran's Leader Seyyed Ali Khamenei's views.

As a result of Thursday's actions any assets the individuals possess subject to US jurisdiction have been frozen, and US individuals are generally prohibited from conducting transactions with them.

On Feb 16, Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister Seyyed Abbas Araghchi said that Iran's enemies know that the sanctions are useless and ineffective, referring to US cruel sanctions against the Iranian people.

The US regime has already reinstated all the sanctions that were eased under the 2015 nuclear deal after it unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018.

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