Iran Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif: Ministry declares sanctions against Trump and his subordinates
On Tuesday, Iran imposed symbolic sanctions on outgoing US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and other current and former members of the Trump administration.
In addition to Trump and Pompeo, Iran also sanctioned acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, Secretary of the Treasury Steven Mnuchin, CIA Director Gina Haspel, US Special Envoy to Iran and Venezuela Elliot Abrams, and Chief of the Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) Andrea Gacki.
Former Trump National Security Advisor John Bolton, former U.S. ambassador to Iran Brian Hook, and former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper were all disciplined.
Iran has sanctioned officials for their suspected complicity in the killings of Iran’s top military leader Qassem Soleimani and nuclear scientist Mohsen Fakhrizadeh.
They were also disciplined for “supporting acts of terror against Iran” and for enforcing sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
The sanctions were announced by the spokesperson for Iran’s foreign ministry, Saeed Khatibzadeh, a semi-official news agency of the ISNA.
Last month, Iran also blacklisted the US ambassador to Yemen one day after Washington imposed terrorism-related sanctions on Tehran’s envoy to the Yemeni Houthis.
On 5 January, the Government of Iran filed a “red notice” with Interpol demanding the arrest of Trump and 47 other U.S. officials for the assassination of Major General Qassem Soleimani of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps on 3 January 2020.
Interpol did not approve a prior extradition order by Tehran prosecutor Ali Alqasimehr when he released an international warrant in June for the arrest of Mr Trump and other Pentagon and US central officials on charges of “murder and terrorism.”
Rejecting the June request, Interpol said that its own constitution forbids it from taking on any “intervention or activities of a political, military, religious or racial character”.
Tensions between Iran and the US have intensified after Trump withdrawn from the 2015 nuclear agreement and re-imposed economic sanctions on Tehran in 2018 as part of a “maximum pressure” strategy.
President-elect Joe Biden has vowed to re-enact the deal if Iran returns to comply with it.