US sanctions Iran military, nine aides of Supreme Leader

WASHINGTON, The US sanctioned on Monday Iran’s Armed Forces and nine foreign and military aides of the Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“This action seeks to block funds from flowing to a shadow network of Ali Khamenei’s military and foreign affairs advisors who have for decades oppressed the Iranian people, exported terrorism, and advanced destabilizing policies around the world,” said the US Treasury.

The nine individuals, described as forming a “shadow network,” are accused of being responsible for a “wide range of malign behaviors by the (Iranian) regime.” These include “bombings of the US Marine Barracks in Beirut in 1983 and the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association in 1994, as well as torture, extrajudicial killings, and repression of civilians,” according to the Treasury.

The statement went on to urge Iran release numerous US captives, namely Robert Levinson, whose disappearance it blamed on Tehran, Xiyue Wang, Siamak Namazi, and others.

“We will not rest until they are reunited with their families,” it added.

It also announced a USD 20 million reward for information leading to the whereabouts of Levinson, who is regarded the longest-held hostage in US history.

Source: Kuwait News Agency