U.S. puts two top military officials on blacklist
Two more Iranian officials have been added to a U.S. blacklist: Major-General Hassan Firoozabadi, the head of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff, and Abdollah Araghi, the top Revolutionary Guards commander.
The U.S. Treasury website reports that the two military officials have been targeted for “violation of human rights.”
In September of 2010, U.S. President Barack Obama announced that officials that were involved in the 2009 crackdown on post-election protests would be put under sanctions. The U.S. foreign ministry said the latest sanctions attest to Washington’s commitment to make Iranian authorities accountable for “human rights violations.”
Many Islamic Republic officials are currently under U.S. sanctions, including: Prosecutor General Gholamhossein Mohseni Ejei, Intelligence Minister Heydar Molsehi, Interior Minister Mostafa Najjar, the head of Revolutionary Guards, Mohammadali Jafari, and the head of the Tehran Police, Ahmadreza Radan.
They are subject to restrictions on U.S travel, and any U.S. assets they own have been frozen.