US nails 5 Iranians with sanctions for aiding extremists in Yemen

Just one day after a stern warning from the US Secretary of State, the Trump administration leveled new sanctions on five Iranians for supporting extremist factions in Yemen.

By: AP

The Trump administration is ratcheting up pressure on Iran with new sanctions targeting five Iranians for supporting Shiite extremists in Yemen.

The Treasury Department announced Tuesday that it was blacklisting the five for providing the Houthis with technical expertise that has allowed them to launch missiles into neighboring Saudi Arabia. All five are members of or are affiliated with Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

Following President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed Monday that the U.S. would step up efforts against Iran’s support for groups like the Houthis, terror organizations like Hezbollah in Lebanon and Hamas in Israel and the Gaza Strip, and the Syrian regime.

The sanctions freeze any assets the five may have in U.S. jurisdictions and prohibit Americans from any transactions with them.