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The sanctions include a travel ban and a freeze on any financial assets they may hold in Iran.

Tehran, Iran – Iran’s foreign ministry has sanctioned outgoing U.S. President Donald Trump and nine other senior officials, current and former in his administration.

These people have been blacklisted for “their role and participation in terrorist and anti-human rights acts against the Islamic Republic of Iran and Iranian nationals,” according to a statement from the spokesperson for the Ministry of Human Rights. Foreign Affairs Saeed Khatibzadeh Tuesday.

Besides Trump, who is stepping down on Wednesday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Defense Secretary Mark Esper, Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and CIA Director Gina Haspel were sanctioned.

Former National Security Advisor John Bolton, former US Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook, his replacement Elliot Abrams and Director of the Office of Foreign Assets Control Andrea Gacki round out the list.

The sanctions include a travel ban and a freeze on any financial assets they may hold in Iran.

Iran maintains that since 2018, when Trump unilaterally reneged on Iran’s 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, his administration has pursued a campaign of “maximum pressure” of severe economic sanctions that Tehran has called “economic and medical terrorism. “.

More recently, Iran has claimed that US sanctions prevent it from using funds held abroad to purchase COVID-19 vaccines from COVAX, a global coalition reporting to the World Health Organization (WHO) .

“Unilateral sanctions – and unilateral bullying – are flagrant violations of fundamental international rights enshrined in the United Nations charter,” Khatibzadeh added. “On this basis, Iran maintains the right to take the necessary measures to counter acts of international violation by the United States in all respects.”

The United States has introduced new sanctions against Iran every week since the US election last November. President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to revitalize the nuclear deal he helped negotiate under former President Barack Obama.

In addition to the sanctions, the Foreign Office said its blacklist of US officials was due to the assassinations of its chief general, Qasem Soleimani, and leading nuclear scientist, Mohsen Fakhrizadeh, for US support for Israel and “regimes. repressive in the region ”; and American funding and formation of“ terrorist groups ”.

Earlier this month, Iranian justice said it had requested a “red notice” from Interpol for Trump and 47 other U.S. officials who played a role in Soleimani’s assassination.

Last June, Iran requested an international arrest warrant for Trump and dozens of U.S. officials, which was rejected by France-based Interpol because of its political nature.

Senior Iranian officials have also discussed the prospect of suing Trump after he leaves the White House.


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