US NEWS: US punishes Iranian envoy to Yemen, Chinese firms with sanctions

As its term expires, officials have announced that they have imposed sanctions on Iran’s envoy to the Yemeni Houthi rebels, Hasan Irlu, and Al-Mustafa International University for recruiting Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps troops to promote instability in Yemen and Syria.

Trump officials on Tuesday stepped up measures to reinstate Iran’s activities in the Middle East and North Korea’s efforts to avoid international sanctions with new sanctions against both nations and lawyers.

As its term expires, officials have announced that they have imposed sanctions on Iran’s envoy to the Yemeni Houthi rebels, Hasan Irlu, and Al-Mustafa International University for recruiting Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps troops to promote instability in Yemen and Syria.

In a separate statement, the Treasury said it had also imposed sanctions on six Chinese and Vietnamese companies and four ships for selling and exporting North Korean coal for violating UN sanctions.

The move comes as officials seek to increase pressure on opposition governments in various parts of the world before President-elect Joe Biden takes office in January.

Penalties seize any intended assets that they may already own or fall into U.S. power and prevent Americans from doing business with them. Several of those identified as North Korea violators are already under U.S. sanctions. These measures could also provide third-party companies and individuals with U.S. sanctions. If it is found that they are doing a transaction with them.

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