UPDATED 1:41 PM PT — Wednesday, September 4, 2019
The Trump administration is offering a $15 million reward for anyone who can disrupt the finances of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
President Trump designated the military unit as a terrorist organization back in April, and said the IRGC is Iran’s primary source of directing its terrorist campaign.
U.S. Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook announced the reward Wednesday after the U.S. slapped sanctions on Iran’s National Space Agency for helping develop ballistic missiles. The administration also wants information on entities assisting the IRGC and its illicit oil-for-money schemes.
“We are announcing a reward of up to $15 million for any person who helps us disrupt the financial operations of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps and Quds force,” stated Hook. “The IRGC has been running an illicit petroleum shipping network over the last several months — this network has moved hundreds of millions of dollars worth of illicit oil.”
The U.S. special representative went on to say these steps are part of the Trump administration’s ‘maximum pressure’ campaign to get Iran to negotiate a new deal.