Also Known As:
Mohammad Reza Zahedi
Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps-Qods Force (IRGC-QF) in Lebanon; identified as a "key person" of the IRGC in an annex to U.N. Security Council resolution 1747 of March 24, 2007; with some exceptions, the designation requires states to freeze the financial assets on their territories which are owned or controlled by the listed person, by his agents, or by entities he controls; the designation also requires states to ensure that funds, financial assets or economic resources are prevented from being made available by their nationals or by any persons or entities within their territories, to or for the benefit of the listed person; the resolution calls on states to "exercise vigilance" in allowing the designated person to enter or to transit through their territories, and requires states to notify the Security Council if the person does so.
Listed by the European Union on March 23, 2012 as a person linked to Iran's proliferation-sensitive nuclear activities or Iran's development of nuclear weapon delivery systems; added to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list maintained by the U.S. Department of the Treasury's Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) on August 3, 2010, freezing his assets under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibiting transactions with U.S. parties, pursuant to Executive Order 13224, which targets terrorists and their supporters.
Has acted as a liaison to Hezbollah and Syrian intelligence services; reportedly guaranteed weapons shipments to Hezbollah; born in Esfahan, Iran in 1944.