White House slaps sanctions on Iran

The Obama administration sanctioned a broad range of Iranian companies, banks, individuals and institutions.

The sanctions highlight what the administration says is its determination to maintain pressure on Iran while nuclear talks are underway.

Among the entities targeted in statements released simultaneously on Aug. 29 by the Treasury and State departments were shipping lines alleged to have bypassed existing energy sector sanctions, banks that violated financial sector sanctions and airlines said to have transported weapons to Iran.

The Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations praised the new sanctions.

Separately, the State Department called on Iran to assist it in tracking Robert Levinson, a U.S. citizen missing in Iran for seven years. The appeal on Aug. 29 came as part of a statement urging the release of three other Americans detained by Iran.

Levinson, 66, a private detective and former FBI agent from Coral Springs, Fla., disappeared seven years ago from Kish Island while on a business trip. The Iranian government has said it is not holding him. — jta