U.S. Department of State
Office of the Spokesperson
For Immediate Release
February 13, 2019
Today, the U.S. Department of the Treasury designated an Iran-based entity, as well as four associated individuals, that organize international conferences in support of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force’s (IRGC-QF’s) efforts to recruit and collect intelligence from foreign attendees, including U.S. persons. In addition, the Department of the Treasury designated a separate Iran-based entity and six associated individuals involved in a malicious cyber campaign targeting current and former U.S. government personnel to gain access to and implant malware on their computer systems.
The Department of the Treasury coordinated today’s designations with the U.S. Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which separately released details regarding law enforcement actions taken against a number of the persons designated.
These designations seek to deny the Iranian regime a platform to collect damaging intelligence from U.S. persons and conduct malicious cyber activity. The designations block the property of the entities and individuals and suspend their entry into the United States.
The U.S. Government’s message to the Iranian regime is unequivocal: the United States will not tolerate the belligerent targeting of U.S. persons. While the Iranian regime engages in this type of malign activity outside of its borders, it also continues to violate the human rights of its own people. The United States stands in solidarity with the Iranian people’s desire for a normal life. Our actions aim to increase pressure on the Iranian regime until it decides that discord, terrorism, and instability are no longer values worth spreading.
For more information on the designations, visit the Department of the Treasury’s Press Release.
For more information on the law enforcement actions, visit the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Press Release.