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U.S. Sanctions Iran Oil Minister as Trump Ramps Up Pressure

  • Zanganeh seen as a moderate within Rouhani’s government
  • Trump administration escalating pressure before U.S. election
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U.S. Sanctions Iranian Oil Minister
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The U.S. sanctioned Iran’s minister of petroleum and some related entities as tensions between the two nations continue to rise in the days before the American presidential election.

The Treasury Department announced sanctions against Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh in a statement on Monday, saying Iran uses its oil industry to fund activities of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its elite Quds Force.