The US Treasury Department announced the imposition of new sanctions on Iran due to an increase in pressure on Tehran as President Donald Trump’s term approaches.
On Monday, the ministry’s website said the United States imposed Iran-related sanctions on two individuals.
The site stated that Washington had blacklisted Muhammad Basiri and Ahmed Khazaee, associated with the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security.
At the beginning of this month, the United States imposed new sanctions related to Iran on an entity and an individual.
US sanctions coincide with Washington increasing pressure on Tehran during President Donald Trump’s last months in power.
On the US Treasury Department’s website, at the time, it was stated that the sanctions targeted the Shahid Miami group associated with the Iranian Organization for Defense Innovation and Research, as well as an individual.
The Trump administration intends to preempt its departure from the White House by imposing a long and new series of sanctions on Iran.
The US news site Axios said that the Trump administration is working on pushing a plan to impose a long series of new sanctions on Iran in the remaining weeks until the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.
Last October, the United States seized two Iranian missiles shipped to Yemen and sold 1.1 million barrels of Iranian oil destined for Venezuela.
Simultaneously, the Treasury and State Department jointly imposed sanctions on 11 different entities and individuals for their involvement in the purchase and sale of Iranian petrochemical materials.
Anti-Iran moves came after US intelligence officials accused Iranian hackers earlier this month of seeking to threaten some voters by sending out fraudulent e-mails appearing to be from the pro-Trump “Brad Boys” group.
Civilian confiscation cases brought by the US Department of Justice include allegations of plans by the Iranian Revolutionary Guards to ship weapons to Yemen and fuel to Venezuela secretly.
John Demers, assistant attorney for national security affairs, said the US government had sold and delivered 1.1 million barrels of Iranian fuel bound for Venezuela after seizing it earlier this year.
According to the complaint, the origin of the fuel is companies linked to the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, and that shipping agencies have taken steps to conceal the owner.
Under the sanctions, the assets and profits from these people’s potential assets in the United States will be frozen, and American citizens and companies will be barred from direct and indirect trade with them.
The United States unilaterally withdrew from the six-nation nuclear deal with Iran in May 2018 and has since imposed severe sanctions on various military, political and economic sectors in Tehran.
And the scope of these US sanctions extended even to the Iranian leader, Ali Khamenei, and his institutions.