Iran puts US envoy to Iraq in sanctions list: FM spox

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh announced on Friday that the Islamic Republic has sanctioned the US Ambassador in Baghdad Matthew Tueller for his main role in coordinating terrorist acts in Iraq and the assassination of the late anti-terror Commander of the Quds Force of the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC) Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani.

“US Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, has had a central role in coordinating terrorist acts in Iraq & beyond, in the criminal assassination of General Soleimani and in advancing sanctions against our people,” Khatibzadeh wrote on his Twitter account.

“Today, Iran designated him and two other officials involved. Anti-Iran moves won’t go unanswered,” he added.

In a related development earlier on Friday, Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq Iraj Masjedi regarding the US action to put his name on the fresh sanctions list said that the US new sanctions made him and 80 million Iranians more resolved for legitimacy of their intentions and actions to achieve the goals of the Islamic Republic of Iiran and the Iranian people.

Masjedi in an interview with IRNA on Friday said that “I was glad to hear the news, of course, the US terrorist and criminal regime has once again put my country with 80 million Iranians on its sanctions list, killing the people of my country and thousands of children and patients at the peak of the coronavirus on medicine and food shortages and subjected to non-human pressure”.

Iran’s Ambassador to Iraq added that the Islamic Revolution Guard Corps (IRGC), the IRGC-Qods Force are are an honor for all who are fighting for democrcy and undoubtedly, the axis of Islamic resistance will continue with the decisive support of the Islamic Republic of Iran and the relentless fight against the US terrorist and usurper regime and will achieve the divine victory.

The United States on Thursday slapped new sanctions on five Iranian entities for what it called “brazen attempts” to interfere with the US election.

The Treasury imposed the fresh sanctions against the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the IRGC-Qods Force, the Bayan Rasaneh Gostar Institute, the Iranian Islamic Radio and Television Union and International Union of Virtual Media.


Source: IRNA