The United States is expected to impose sanctions next week on those who participated in the brutal crackdown on anti-government demonstrations in Iran last year. Three sources familiar with the matter told Reuters about this.
Sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the announcement of the sanctions was timed to coincide with the anniversary of some of the bloodiest crackdowns on protesters in Iran since the 1979 Islamic Revolution.
One of the sources said that a number of individuals and legal entities will fall under the sanctions. Neither the State Department nor the Iranian mission to the UN has yet commented on this information.
Citing three Iranian Interior Ministry officials, Reuters previously reported that around 1,500 people were killed in less than two weeks of protests that began on November 15, 2019. The victims include at least 17 teenagers and about 400 women, as well as Iranian security personnel and police officers.
Iran’s Interior Ministry said some 225 people were killed during protests that erupted after state media announced that gasoline prices would rise 200% and the proceeds would go to help families in need.
Reuters sources, which included one US official and two people familiar with the matter, said the sanctions had been under development for months and were the latest in a long series of US sanctions imposed on Iran by US President Donald Trump.
Two years ago, Trump backed out of his predecessor Barack Obama’s nuclear deal with Iran, and has since reinstated tough US economic sanctions, designed to force Tehran into broader negotiations to curb its nuclear program, develop ballistic missiles, and support paramilitary groups in the region.
“For the past six months, we have imposed sanctions against Iranian organizations almost every week. There is no reason why we have now suspended the process, but we will not speed it up, ”a source in the Trump administration said on condition of anonymity.
Two weeks ago, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on key players in Iran’s oil sector for supporting the forces of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards.