Iranians sanctioned over US presidential election

The administration of US President Joe Biden has imposed sanctions on an Iranian entity and six Iranian individuals for allegedly attempting to influence the 2020 US presidential election.

The US Treasury Department on Thursday announced the sanctions against an Iranian IT company with links to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and six Iranian nationals, including the manager of the firm.

It said all property of the designated targets in the US is blocked and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them.

The Treasury accused the six of spreading disinformation about the presidential election and trying to undermine voters' faith in the US electoral process by sending threatening emails and using other means between August and November last year.

A US intelligence report in March concluded that Russia, which was seeking the reelection of former US President Donald Trump, and Iran, which sought to block his reelection, attempted to influence the outcome of the election.

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken underscored the US position of taking a resolute stance against any election interference by foreign agents. In a statement, he said, "We will hold state-sponsored actors to account for attempting to undermine public confidence in the electoral process and US institutions."

An Iranian foreign ministry spokesperson, Saeed Khatibzadeh, said on Friday that the accusation is groundless and Iran condemns the action.