UPDATED 12:30 PM PT — Tues. Oct. 16, 2018
The Treasury Department is imposing new sanctions on companies which it accuses of assisting Iran’s recruitment of child soldiers.
The Treasury blacklisted 20 financial enterprises Tuesday over their alleged ties with an Iranian paramilitary network.
Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the network is pushing radical Islam on young children and then recruits them as soldiers for Guards of the Islamic Revolution.
Mnuchin stressed the sanctioned companies provided financial support to the group’s activities.
In response, Iran accused the U.S. of starting a “psychological war.”
“What’s their goal? I’ll say the final goal now. They started with a psychological war. Economic war is their middle-term goal. A war for the efficiency of the system is the third goal. Reducing the legitimacy of the system is their final goal.”
— Iranian President Hassan Rouhani
However, U.S. officials said the new sanctions come as part of President Trump’s strategy as he looks to change the behavior of the Ayatollah regime.