WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has imposed new sanctions on Iran by announcing visa restrictions of Iranian government officials, military leaders and law enforcement officers.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says the travel ban on senior officials reflects a coordinated effort by the U.S. and Britain. She says Canada will take similar action.
Clinton said in a statement that the officials were targeted on Friday for participating in human rights abuses.
None of the Iranians was immediately identified. The list included judiciary and prison officials.
Clinton said the actions are an important reminder to Iran that those who commit abuses will be held accountable. She said the U.S. will stand up for the Iranian people until their government brings human rights violators to justice and protects its citizens.