U.S. Sanctions Iranian Organizations Tied to Missile Program; Warns Against Crackdown on Protesters

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Demonstrators waves a huge Iranian flag in Mashhad, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018
Demonstrators waves a huge Iranian flag in Mashhad, Iran, Thursday, Jan. 4, 2018Credit: Nima Najafzadeh/AP

The United States has "ample authorities" to hold accountable those who commit violence against, censor or steal from Iranian protesters, the State Department said on Thursday. 

In a statement, the department said it condemns deaths and arrests related to the Iranian protests in the "strongest possible terms." 

"To the regime's victims, we say: You will not be forgotten," it added. 

Meanwhile, the U.S. sanctioned five Iranian-based entities it said were owned or controlled by a industrial firm responsible for developing and producing Iran's solid-propellant ballistic missiles. 

"These sanctions target key entities involved in Iran's ballistic missile program, which the Iranian regime prioritizes over the economic well-being of the Iranian people," U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said in a statement. 

The Treasury Department said the five sanctioned entities - the Shahid Eslami Research Center, Shahid Kharrazi Industries, Shahid Moghaddam Industries, Shahid Sanikhani Industries and Shahid Shustari Industries - were subordinated to the Shahid Bakeri Industrial Group. 

The sanctions freeze any property the entities hold in the United States and prohibit Americans from dealing with them.

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