ERBIL - The United States on Wednesday announced sanctions on Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli over using "lethal force" on protesters earlier in November.
People in Iran took to the streets in November after the government tripled the fuel prices during which, according to a report by Amnesty International, at least 304 protesters were killed as a result of the government's crackdowns.
However, the US has argued that the number of victims is around 1,000.
"We have reason to believe that he is the individual who gave orders in November 2019 authorising Iranian police forces to use lethal force on peaceful protesters inside of Iran," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said.
"His evil commands killed Iranian citizens. We're proud to mete out what justice we can on behalf of the slain and silenced inside of Iran."