Bahram Qassemi

Spokesman: Iran imposes sanctions on US entities

FNA- Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Bahram Qassemi announced that the country will release the list of the American persons and institutions that have gone under sanction by Tehran for their assistance to the Takfiri terrorists, in retaliation for Washington’s new embargos against Iran.

“We have adopted special measures against the US administration’s unfair and incorrect acts and we have put certain American institutions and individuals in the list of sanctions, for their aid to the Takfiris, including the ISIL, alongside the Zionist regime,” Qassemi told reporters in his weekly press conference in Tehran on Monday.

“The measure is in its final stages and we will release a list of them (the sanctioned entities) soon,” he added.

The statement came after the US Treasury Department said on Friday that Washington has imposed sanctions on 13 individuals and 12 entities as part of bids to ratchet up pressure on Iran. The move against Iran is the first by the US government since President Donald Trump took office on January 20.

On Saturday, the Iranian foreign ministry in a statement slammed the recent US sanctions imposed against the country after it tested a medium-range missile, and said Tehran has prepared plans to take reciprocal measures against Washington.

“The Islamic Republic of Iran with the support of the wise participation and backing of the great Iranian nation will respond proportionately and reciprocally to any move that targets the interests of the Iranian people,” the foreign ministry said in its statement.

The statement added that Iran’s missile power is only aimed at defensive purposes and meant to carry conventional weapons and would never be used other than in legitimate defense.

“Iran’s missile program is the undeniable and inalienable right of the Iranian nation according to international law and the United Nations Charter,” it said.

The statement also said that any foreign interference in this regard is a violation of international law and outside the jurisdiction of any country or organization.

The foreign ministry said the recent US sanctions are also inconsistent with US commitments and at odds with the spirit and text of UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

“Just as in reaction to the Islamophobic move of the US government and the temporary prevention of the entry of Iranians, the issuance of visas was suspended for US citizens within the framework of a special mechanism, in response to the new US measure, the Islamic Republic of Iran will move to impose legal restrictions on a number of American people and entities who are involved in founding and assisting extremist terrorist groups in the region or contributing to the carnage and suppression of defenseless people in the region,” it added.

The statement said that the names of the banned American people and entities would be announced later.

It reiterated that the security of the Islamic Republic is not open to any compromise or negotiations, stressing that the naive and injudicious measures of the US government would not prevent Iran from following through with its principled policy of safeguarding peace and security in the region and combating terrorism and extremism.

The ministry also stressed that the Islamic Republic would not allow the ominous realization of the dangerous plots and delusions of the Zionist warmongers and their supporters.