Sanctions on Iran's Supreme Leader Go Beyond Symbolism

Jun 25, 2019 | 22:09 GMT

Entities and people appointed by Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, including Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, pictured here, could run afoul of a new round of U.S. sanctions.

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif attends an agreement signing ceremony between Russia and Iran in Moscow on May 8.

(SEFA KARACAN/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

The United States, reacting to the shooting down of a U.S. unmanned aerial vehicle last week, launched two sanctions-related salvos against Iran on June 24. It layered sanctions on top of those already targeting commanders in Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, which are unlikely to have more than a limited effect on the Iranian economy. The second set of sanctions, targeting Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his appointees, could bite much deeper than typical sanctions issued by the United States by hampering Iran's engagement with the world and damaging its economy....

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