US State Department

US sanctions Iranian Yemen envoy, Islamic studies university “Al-Mustafa”

The United States Treasury Department has added the names of Iran’s ambassador to Yemen and an Islamic Republic-headquartered religious studies university to the list of its sanctions as Washington sustains its campaign of economic terrorism against Tehran.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) levied the bans against the natural and artificial entities on Tuesday.

Hassan Irloo, Iran’s new ambassador to Sana’a, submitted his credentials to Yemeni officials, amid the United States’ ire at the progressive course of the two countries’ relations, in early November.

In October, US State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus issued a raft of meddlesome remarks on Iran-Yemen relations, which featured Irloo and her accusations against him.

She addressed Iran’s appointment of the official as its new envoy to the Arab Peninsula country, claiming that the Islamic Republic had “smuggled” the official into Sana’a.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh had previously verified the appointment and Iran’s reputable news agencies widely reported on the development.

The Treasury echoed Ortagus’ accusation back then that Irloo was “linked” to Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC), without providing any proof.

The Al-Mustafa International University, an open university that is based in the north-central city of Qom, was another target of the Tuesday bans. The Treasury likewise alleged groundlessly that the academic center was tied to the Iranian elite forces.

The US resumed its economic war against Iran in 2018 after leaving an international nuclear accord between the Islamic Republic and world powers and returning the inhumane sanctions that the deal had lifted.

Both Washington’s departure from the agreement and its reinstatement of the sanctions are in outright violation of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231 that has endorsed the nuclear agreement.