US sanctions Iranians for alleged kidnapping plot
The United States is imposing sanctions on four members of the Iranian intelligence services for their role this year in the attempt to kidnap an American citizen of Iranian origin in New York because of her criticism of Tehran, the Treasury Department announced Friday.
The goal of the blocked kidnapping attempt had also been to silence other critics of Iran living in America and other countries, the United States alleged.
The executive order freezes all of the accused’s assets in the United States and prohibits American citizens and companies from doing business with them.
The four Iranians were indicted in New York in July, among other things, for the planned kidnapping of an anonymous journalist and human rights activist.
The United States announced at the time that the four intelligence workers were based in Iran and were on the run.
Washington accuses senior Iranian intelligence official Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani of overseeing the plan, which involved hiring a private investigator to monitor the victim.
Pickup options included “military-style speedboats departing from New York for transport to Venezuela,” according to a Treasury statement.
Farahani is “responsible for targeting Iranian dissidents in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United Arab Emirates,” alleges the Treasury Department.
“The Iranian secret service plotted to kidnap an American citizen on American soil to silence her critics. Today the United States is imposing sanctions on a senior Iranian official and three affiliates to demonstrate that we will not tolerate such attempts, ”said Secretary of State Antony Blinken. on Twitter.
Iran has denied the allegations and condemned the sanctions.
“With such Hollywood scenarios, the new US administration continues the failure of the old sanctions policy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Saturday.
Instead of spreading baseless allegations, Americans should try to cure their “sanctions addiction,” he said, according to the ISNA news agency.