The United States on Thursday revealed it had seized Iranian missiles shipped to Yemen and sold 1.1 million barrels of previously seized Iranian oil to Venezuela, as part of the Trump administration’s latest move to increase pressure on Tehran less than a week before the November 3 elections.
The disclosure of the forfeiture complaints, by the Justice Department, came as the Treasury Department and the State Department jointly imposed penalties on 11 different entities and individuals for their involvement in the buying and selling. of Iranian petrochemicals.
The latest actions against Iran come after US intelligence officials alleged earlier this month that Iranian hackers tried to threaten some US voters by sending them spoofed emails that appeared to belong to the pro-Trump Proud Boys group .
Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, said Thursday that the disclosure of the Justice Department’s complaints was “separate from politics.”
“These actions started last summer. And these are fluid and organic situations,” he said.
The Justice Ministry’s civil confiscation cases involve alleged schemes by the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) to secretly ship weapons to Yemen and fuel to Venezuela.
National Security Division Assistant Attorney General John Demers said on Thursday that the U.S. government sold and delivered 1.1 million barrels of Iranian fuel to Venezuela, which it seized earlier this year.
According to the complaint, the fuel came from companies linked to the IRGC, and the shippers took steps to hide the property. The two vessels carrying the fuel, the Liberian-flagged Euroforce and the Singaporean-flagged Maersk Progress, had struggled to unload and have changed course several times in recent weeks.
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