U.S. Sanctions Top Iran Military Officers For Human Rights Abuses

The U.S. sanctioned two top Iranian military officials as human rights abusers for their role in the crackdown against demonstrators in the aftermath of the disputed presidential election. “Both Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Hassan Firuzabadi and Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Deputy Commander Abdullah al-Argahi bear personal responsibility, along with other conspirators, for the violent crackdown in the summer of 2009,” said State Department spokesperson Victoria Nuland in a release. The designations, under a 2010 executive order, freeze U.S. assets, prevent business with U.S. entities, and impose visa restrictions.