Obama administration announced new sanctions on Iran and Syria

Obama’s executive order is designed to target companies and individuals assisting the governments of Iran and Syria, they said, future executive orders could name others aiding other countries through technology in crackdowns on dissent.

New sanctions, including a U.S. visa ban and financial restrictions, against a range of Syrian and Iranian agencies and individuals.

In Syria, the sanctions target the Syrian General Intelligence Directorate, the Syriatel phone company and Ali Mamluk, the director of Syria’s general intelligence services.

In Iran, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard, the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and Security, the Law Enforcement Forces of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and Datak Telecom will be subject to the new sanctions.

Datak Telecom, one of the largest broadband Internet service providers in Iran.Datak Telecom is the Internet subsidiary of Social Security Investment Company, Iran’s largest Investment house. It the leading local operator providing broadband internet services such as ADSL, IP-Wireless for business and residential users in Tehran.

The company is currently the only WiMAX operator in Iran with the latest Mobile WiMAX technology. Datak Telecom plans to gradually extend its WiMAX services to cover all of Greater Tehran with various customer-centric services such as VoIP (Voice over Internet Protocol), video and location-based-service and more.

Over the past 30 years, the Iranian people have turned sanctions into opportunities to make progress in science and technology in such a way that Iran has made considerable progress, and, in practice, the West has been the loser in the sanctions game with Iran,” Iranian MP Alaeddin Boroujerdi

West has failed to achieve the objectives it had been pursuing through imposing sanctions on the Islamic Republic, Iranian MP who is the chairman of the Majlis National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, made the remarks during a meeting with Italian MP Lapo Pistelli in Tehran on Sunday.