The US State Department on Tuesday blacklisted two Iranian government interrogators due to the use of torture and other human rights violations.
The move appears to be the first such action against Tehran under the Biden administration.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken in a statement accused the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) interrogators of gross violations of human rights, including "torture and/or cruel, inhuman, or degrading treatment or punishment" of political prisoners and people detained in 2019 and 2020 protests in Iran.
"We will continue to consider all appropriate tools to impose costs on those responsible for human rights violations and abuses in Iran," Blinken said.
The move prohibits Ali Hemmatian and Masoud Safdari, as well as their immediate family members, from entering the United States.