Trump admin sanctions five Iranian entities for connections to 2020 election interference
October 23, 2020
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced Friday that the Trump administration had sanctioned five Iranian entities: IRGC, the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), Bayan Rasaneh Gostar Institute, Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union (IRTVU), and International Union of Virtual Media (IUVM).
The statement followed the joint warning earlier this week from FBI Director Chris Wray and Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe that Iran is interfering in the upcoming U.S. election by sending intimidating emails to registered Democrat voters.
Thursday’s sanctions were issued against Iranian entities that attempted to do just what the intelligence community warned about.
The administration also added “several cyber actors to our terrorist watch list and databases for their known association with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organization and Specially Designated Global Terrorist, which will effectively prevent those individuals and their families from traveling to the United States.,” Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement on Friday.