UK freezes assets of 5 tied to Iran plot

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  • Iran's Quds Force allegedly directed the plot
  • The U.S. designated the same people last week
Britain has frozen the assets of five men tied to the alleged plot to kill the Saudi ambassador to the United States.
The two men charged are Manssor Arbabsiar, a dual U.S.-Iranian citizen, and Gholam Shakuri, an Iran-based member of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps. The alleged scheme was allegedly directed by the Quds Force, a branch of the agency.
The three others are Qasem Soleimani, Abdul Shahlai and Hamed Abdollahi. They have been called "high-ranking" members of the Quds Force by U.S. officials.
They were designated for sanctions last week by the United States.