Australia sanctions Iranian individuals and organisations

The Australian government took an anti-Iranian step and imposed sanctions against five Iranian individuals and three organisations, accusing Iran of destabilising activities in the West Asian region.

Australia announced that Iranian Defence Minister Mohammad Reza Ashtiani and Commander of the Revolutionary Guards Quds Force Brigadier General Esmail Qaani were among the senior officials sanctioned.

Australian Foreign Minister Penny Wong announced that the sanctioned persons include senior Iranian officials, businessmen and companies that have contributed to the development of Iran’s missile and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle programmes.

Australia also sanctioned the Revolutionary Guards Navy, an aircraft engine design and manufacturing company, and an Iranian communications technology company.

The latest list means that Australia has sanctioned 90 individuals and 100 organisations with links to Iran.

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