What Happened: The United States sanctioned six Iranians individuals and three entities for committing human rights abuses on behalf of the Iranian government and for censoring freedom of expression, the U.S. Treasury Department announced May 30 on its website. Ansar-e Hezbollah, three of the group's leaders and an Iranian prison were among those targeted in the sanctions.
Why It Matters: The sanctions aim to target the Iranian regime's repression of its citizens and aligns with U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement that Washington will not allow Iran's malign behavior to go unchecked.
Background: The announcement is the latest in a series of sanctions imposed on Iran and the country's proxy groups, such as Hezbollah, since the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, on May 8.
- What the U.S. Withdrawal Will Do to the Iran Nuclear Deal (May 8, 2018)
- Iran: New U.S. Sanctions Target IRGC Funding (May 16, 2018)