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Biden administration imposed its first new sanctions on Iran

WASHINGTON ( REPORTBEAT ) -Biden promotes rights in first Iran sanctions 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.

Blinken said that the United States will “demand the Iranian government treat its people with respect and dignity.”

The move comes as Iran seeks a lifting of sanctions imposed by Trump, including an effort to block all its oil exports, before returning to full compliance with a 2015 denuclearization accord trashed by the former US president s administration.

Biden supports a return to diplomacy with Iran but has also insisted that he will make human rights a priority — including with US allies such as Saudi Arabia.

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