The United States imposed sanctions on an Iranian official on Friday for allegedly putting limits on free speech in Iran, Reuters reported.
The U.S. Treasury Department, which announced the sanctions, did not link the action to negotiations over Iran’s nuclear program.
Iran and the six major powers, including the United States, face a July 20 deadline on their talks. U.S. and Iranian officials said last week there has been little progress made.
On Friday, the Treasury said Washington was sanctioning Morteza Tamaddon, who it identified as the current head of the Tehran Provincial Public Security Council.
It said any U.S. assets held by Tamaddon would be frozen and Americans would be prohibited from doing business with him.
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