Biden promotes rights in first Iran sanctions

WASHINGTON (HRNW) – US President Joe Biden s administration on Tuesday imposed its first new sanctions on Iran, targeting two interrogators for alleged abuse of prisoners.

Unlike the sweeping punishment of Iran s economy by former president Donald Trump s administration, the sanctions were narrowly targeted at two rank-and-file officers, who along with their immediate families will be banned from visiting the United States.

Ali Hemmatian and Masoud Safdari, who belong to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, the powerful unit branded a terrorist group by the Trump administration, engaged in torture or other inhumane treatment of political prisoners during 2019-2020 protests, the State Department said.

“We will continue to consider all appropriate tools to impose costs on those responsible for human rights violations and abuses in Iran,” Secretary of State Antony Blinken said in a statement.

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