In intensifying pressure after US intelligence pointed to Iran and Russia, the Treasury accused the Iranian organization of trying to spread misinformation and divisions before the election.
The Ministry of Finance imposed new sanctions on the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the IRGK-Koda forces, the Bayan Rasaneh Gostar Institute, the Islamic Radio and Television Union of Iran, and the International Virtual Media Union.
The organizations have sought to “sow discord among voters by spreading disinformation online and carrying out abusive operations to mislead US voters,” the Treasury Department said.
The Bajana Gostara Institute, which the Ministry of Finance named the IRGK-Kodsa force propaganda front, took the lead in these activities.
“The Bajana Gostara Institute had planned to influence the election by exploiting social problems in the United States, including the Covid-19 pandemic, and slandering U.S. politicians.” “Back in the summer of 2020, the Bajana Gostara Institute was ready to conduct a number of outreach operations targeting the U.S. population before the presidential election,” and both media groups were part of those operations.
The new sanctions banning American and US legal entities from doing business with these Iranian organizations are expected to have little effect, as the IGRK and IGRK-Code forces are already subject to other sanctions.