Ali Khamenei

U.S. Sanctions Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

The U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday announced sanctions against Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, on the grounds that Zarif acted on behalf of Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, himself a sanctioned individual, and coordinated activities with the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), a designated foreign terrorist organization.

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Instagram Shutters Accounts of Ayatollah, IRGC Commanders

Facebook-owned social media platform Instagram announced on Tuesday it blocked the accounts of numerous Iranian officials, including commanders in the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) and Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, in compliance with U.S. sanctions.

A pro-government Iranian female demonstrator, makes her way as she holds a poster showing pictures of the late revolutionary founder Ayatollah Khomeini, right, and supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, at the conclusion of an annual demonstration in front of the former US Embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Nov. 4, 2009, …

Iran Enters Deep Recession, Admits 27% Unemployment

The government of Iran is prone to belligerent defiance about the resilience of its economy in the face of U.S. sanctions, but Radio Farda noted on Wednesday that even the dubious data officially released by Tehran depicts a country in “deep recession” with staggering unemployment rates.

Iran's saffron seeks global recognition