Spokesman slams US’ new sanctions on Iranians

The spokesperson for the Foreign Ministry of Iran condemned new sanctions imposed by the US Treasury Department on a number of Iranian individuals as an indicator of the White House’s paradoxical approach that attests to its unreliable nature.

In a statement on Friday, Saeed Khatibzadeh condemned the US Treasury’s latest sanctions on natural and legal Iranian persons.

Khatibzadeh said the imposition of new sanctions on the Islamic Republic shows a contradictory behavior on the part of the White House, the Foreign Ministry’s website reported.

A government that talks of returning to the 2015 nuclear deal but follows in the footsteps of former US president Donald Trump sends the message that it is not trustworthy, he added.

The spokesman said various administrations in the US have proved the extent of their incapability to understand the realities of Iran.

Khatibzadeh noted that such moves are a continuation of the Trump administration’s failed policy of maximum pressure and its illegal and oppressive sanctions, stressing that such policy has failed to produce any results and it will not yield anything but new setbacks for the US.

The spokesman finally reiterated that these pressures and sanctions will not undermine the determination of Iran to defend its honorable people’s security and peace, adding that Tehran will forcefully keep to the path of sustainable development.

On Friday, the US Treasury Department imposed a fresh round of sanctions on four individuals and two entities allegedly involved in promoting the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) programs of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and its Quds Force, despite Washington’s claims to be serious in rejoining the nuclear deal and removing sanctions against the country.

The Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) announced it had designated members of a network of companies and individuals that have provided “critical support” to the drone programs.

The Treasury claimed the IRGC had supplied lethal UAVs to resistance movements in Lebanon, Palestine, Iraq and Yemen, which have been allegedly used in “attacks on international shipping and on US forces.”

It claimed that the listed sanctions are part of Washington’s ongoing counterterrorism policy, which targets “weapons of mass destruction proliferators and their supporters.”

 

Source; Tasnim