US announces new sanctions on Iran

Saturday, 11 January 2020
The United States announced additional sanctions on Iran as a result of Tehran’s attack on US troops in Iraq this week, according to the US treasury secretary, Al Jazeera reported.
Steven Mnuchin, Treasury secretary, and Mike Pompeo, secretary of state, said in a joint news conference on Friday that the new measures would target eight senior Iranian officials involved in “destabilising” activities in the Middle East, as well as Tuesday’s missile attack.
Among the senior Iranian officials targeted in the new measures were Ali Shamkhani, the secretary of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, the Iranian armed forces deputy chief of staff and Gholamreza Soleimani, the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer force loyal to the government.