US imposing sanctions on 8 Iranian officials

WASHINGTON— The United States is adding eight Iranian officials to a financial blacklist for what the Obama administration says were their roles in human rights violations following the disputed June 2009 presidential election.
The Treasury and State departments jointly announced on Wednesday that the sanctions order had been signed by President Barack Obama.
The order blocks any assets in the US held by the eight Iranians and prohibits Americans from doing business with them.
Among the eight Iranians is Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp.
The administration said that forces under his command participated in beatings, murder and arbitrary arrests of peaceful protesters in the aftermath of the Iranian election.
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