Iran and the US continue to sanction each other as they engage in talks to restore a 2015 nuclear deal.
Tehran, Iran – Iran has added 24 US officials and individuals to its blacklist of people sanctioned on charges of “terrorism” and violations of the human rights of the Iranian people.
On Saturday, Iran’s Foreign Ministry announced that it had targeted nine individuals for “their involvement in terrorist acts.”
These, among others, include George W Casey Jr, former US Army Chief of Staff and Commanding General of Multinational Forces in Iraq; Joseph Votel, former Commander of the United States Central Command; former Donald Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani; and several current and former US diplomats in Palestine and Lebanon.
The Foreign Ministry also blacklisted 15 people for “serious human rights violations.”
This list primarily includes individuals who helped impose and expand punitive US sanctions against Iran during the Trump and Obama administrations.
Several former Treasury Department officials and several senior executives at Kharon, a data analytics and consulting firm, were also blacklisted.
“The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates that the promulgation and application of Unilateral Coercive Measures is a flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of international law established in the Charter of the United Nations and a flagrant transgression of international law and impedes the enjoyment of human rights. , ”, the Foreign Ministry statement said.
The Obama administration imposed many sanctions on Iran’s nuclear program during its tenure. 2015 nuclear deal with world powers they lifted most of them, but Trump unilaterally withdrew from the agreement in 2018 and reimposed those sanctions in addition to introducing new ones that the Joe Biden administration continues to impose.
The sanctions, part of what US officials called a “maximum pressure” campaign to bring Iran to a new deal, have been intensified during the coronavirus pandemic.
Previously, Iran had announced sanctions on US officials on two occasions, aimed at 60 people in total. They included Trump, his top officials, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and dozens of officials representing US military and diplomatic interests throughout the region.
Prior to Saturday’s announcement, the sanctions had been primarily aimed at identifying people who played a role in the January 2020 assassination of Iran’s top general, Qassem Soleimani, in a drone strike in Iraq.
The sanctions are believed to be largely symbolic, as the individuals named are highly unlikely to have assets that could be seized by Iranian authorities and do not travel to Iran.
Iran, however, has been seeking retaliation for Soleimani’s killing, with The Associated Press reporting last week that the US State Department spends more than $2 million a month to provide 24-hour security for Pompeo and former Iranian envoy Brian Hook, who face “serious and serious problems”. credible threats.
The new sanctions come as indirect conversations between Iran and the United States to restore the 2015 nuclear deal have stalled in recent weeks.
At the end of March, the US imposed new sanctions about various entities it said are involved in obtaining supplies for Iran’s ballistic missile program.