The US says it has seized 1.1 million barrels of Iranian-bound missiles from Yemen and Venezuela. The Trump administration said on Thursday that missiles and oil had been seized several times. The release of information is seen as a step towards increasing pressure on Tehran ahead of the November 3 presidential election. British news agency Reuters reported.

The seizure took place as the US Treasury and state departments imposed sanctions on 11 companies and individuals for allegedly engaging in petrochemical trade with Iran.

But District District of Columbia acting attorney Michael Sherwin said Thursday that the release of information by the judiciary has nothing to do with politics. The move began last summer.

The lawsuit alleges that Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps secretly smuggled weapons into Yemen and poured oil into Venezuela.

According to John Demers, assistant attorney general of the National Security Division, the United States has sold 1.1 million barrels of Iranian oil shipped to Venezuela. They were seized earlier this year.

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