UNITED STATES SANCTIONS IRANIAN OPERATIVES ACCUSED OF OVERSEAS ASSASSINATION PLOTS
WASHINGTON, June 1 (Reuters) - The United States on Thursday imposed sanctions on members and affiliates of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard and its external operations arm whom Washington accused of participating in terrorist plots targeting former U.S. government officials, dual U.S. and Iranian nationals and Iranian dissidents.
The U.S. Treasury Department said the move targeted three Iran- and Turkey-based individuals and a company affiliated with the IRGC-Quds Force and two senior officials of the IRGC's Intelligence Organization involved in plotting external lethal operations against civilians, including journalists.
It named these as Rouhallah Bazghandi, the former chief of the Intelligence Organization's counterespionage department, and the Intelligence Organization's chief, Reza Seraj.
As a result of the Treasury sanctions, all property of the five individuals and the company subject to U.S. jurisdiction are blocked. In addition, carrying out some transactions with them can expose actors to "secondary sanctions" under which the United States can penalize non-U.S. individuals and entities.
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