WASHINGTON -- The Obama administration slapped new sanctions on Iran’s state broadcasting agency and Internet-policing agencies Wednesday as economic sanctions enacted last summer also took effect.
The actions are part of an effort to force the Iranian government to curb its nuclear program, which the United States and many other nations believe is designed to develop nuclear weapons capability. Iran maintains it is enriching uranium for peaceful purposes only.
The newest sanctions, announced by the Treasury Department, are aimed at Iranian agencies and companies that stifle dissent and impede the free flow of information. They target the Islamic Republic of Iran Broadcasting; its director, Ezzatollah Zarghami; the Iranian Cyber Police; and the Communications Regulatory Authority.
Another target is Iran Electronics Industries, which makes equipment used for jamming, monitoring and eavesdropping, the Treasury Department said. Under the new sanctions, any property in the United State held by the blacklisted organizations and individuals can be seized, and they are barred from doing business with Americans.