Washington, Mar 22 (AP) The Trump administration is imposing sanctions on a French chemical weapons expert accused of making and using such munitions for the Islamic State group in Syria.Also Read - Hurricane Ian Nears Cuba On Path To Strike Florida As Category 4

The State Department today identified Joe Asperman as a “specially designated global terrorist.” The listing comes with penalties including the freezing of any assets he may have in US jurisdictions and bars Americans from any transactions with him. Also Read - Tropical Storm Ian Strengthens As It Heads To Cuba, Florida

The designation applies to foreigners who have committed or pose a risk of committing terrorist acts that threaten U.S. national interests. Also Read - Mid-Air Horror: Video Shows Sparks Coming Out of United Airlines Boeing 777 After Facing Technical Glitch | WATCH

The statement says the move aims to deny Asperman the resources he needs to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks.

It says Asperman is a senior chemical weapons expert who oversaw IS chemical operations production in Syria and deployed them at the battlefront. (AP) MRJ MRJ

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