Targeted Sanctions in Response to Iran’s Destabilising Activities in the Middle East

May 14, 2024

The Australian Government is imposing targeted sanctions on an additional five Iranian individuals and three entities, in response to Iran’s destabilising behaviour.

Senior officials sanctioned today include Iran’s Defence Minister, Mohammad Reza Ashtiani, and the Commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps’ (IRGC) Qods Force, Brigadier General Esmail Qaani. The IRGC is a malignant actor that has long been a threat to international security, and to its own people. 

Those sanctioned also include Iranian senior officials, businesspeople and companies that have contributed to the development of Iran’s missile and Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs. Iran’s proliferation and provision of these technologies to its proxies has fostered instability across the region for many years.

Targeted entities include the IRGC Navy, which seized an Israeli-linked (Portuguese-flagged) civilian vessel in international waters on 13 April 2024. Australia continues to call for the immediate release of the ship and its crew.

Today’s listings mean the Albanese Government has now sanctioned 90 Iranian-linked individuals and 100 Iranian-linked entities and are a further demonstration of this Government’s commitment to taking strong action against Iran. 

This action is in line with sanctions measures taken by our partners in recent weeks, following Iran’s unprecedented drone and missile attack on Israel in April.

Australia will continue to deliberately and strategically apply pressure on Iran to cease its disruptive activities and adhere to international law.