US slaps sanctions on French chemical weapons expert IS

WASHINGTON – The Trumpet administration is the imposition of sanctions on a French chemical weapons expert accused of making and use of such ammunition for the Islamic State group in Syria.

The State Department on Thursday identified Joe Asperman as a “specially designated global terrorist.” The list of sanctions, including the freezing of the assets he may have in U.S. jurisdictions and bars Americans from any transactions with him.

The designation applies to foreigners who have committed or pose a risk of committing acts of terrorism that threaten US national interests.

The statement says the move is to deny Asperman the resources that he needs in order to plan and carry out further terrorist attacks.

It says Asperman is a senior chemical weapons expert who oversaw the chemical activities of the production in Syria and put them on the battlefront.

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