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US Imposes Sanctions Over Iran Protests as Criticism Escalates

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi

Iran’s Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi

Photographer: Vahid Salemi/AP

The US sanctioned seven Iranian officials it said played a role in an internet cutoff and crackdown on protests that have wracked the country, part of the Biden administration’s move to take a more forceful stand against the regime’s response.

The Treasury Department sanctioned Interior Minister Ahmad Vahidi, who had been sanctioned once before, saying that he oversees and has defended law enforcement’s use of “lethal force against protesters on multiple occasions.”