The U.S. government Wednesday imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, as part of a continuing campaign to ramp up pressure on the government of Iran.
The move comes just about a month after President Donald Trump said he was sanctioning Iran’s supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo confirmed the news Wednesday afternoon.
Recently, President @realDonaldTrump sanctioned Iran’s Supreme Leader, who enriched himself at the expense of the Iranian people. Today, the U.S. designated his chief apologist @JZarif. He’s just as complicit in the regime’s outlaw behavior as the rest of @khamenei_ir’s mafia. pic.twitter.com/XhDdqR6rik
— Secretary Pompeo (@SecPompeo) July 31, 2019
U.S. officials said Zarif would not be prohibited from traveling to New York for official business with the United Nations.
Zarif responded to the news in a tweet.
The US’ reason for designating me is that I am Iran’s “primary spokesperson around the world”
Is the truth really that painful?
It has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran.
Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda.
— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) July 31, 2019
“It has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran,” Zarif said. “Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda.”
[Image via Sean Gallup/Getty Images]
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