US Sanctions 6 Iranian Individuals and 1 Iranian Entity for Attempting to Influence 2020 Presidential Election

The U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) designated six Iranian individuals and one Iranian entity pursuant to Executive Order (E.O.) 13848 for attempting to influence the 2020 U.S. presidential election.

The U.S.Treasury stated, in a press release yesterday, that the Iranian persons and entities identified sought to sow discord and undermine voter confidence in the U.S. electoral process, disseminated disinformation on social media and sent threatening emails, in addition to a fake video clip in an attempt to undermine voters’ faith in the in the U.S. electoral process by hinting at the possibility of casting fraudulent votes.

It confirmed that as a result, sanctions were imposed on the Iranian Internet company, Emennet Pasargad, for having materially assisted, sponsored, or provided financial, material, or technological support for, or goods or services to or in support of, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Electronic Warfare and Cyber Defense Organization (IRGC-EWCD).

Sanctions were also imposed on each of (Mohammad Bagher Shirinkar), (Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi), (Sajjad Kashian), (Mostafa Sarmadi), (Seyyed Mehdi Hashemi Toghroljerdi) and (Hosein Akbari Nodeh).