New US sanctions mean closure of Iran-US diplomacy: FM spokesperson Mousavi

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Dubai, June 25: Iran has on Tuesday said the US sanctions imposed over supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and some eight army officials means the permanent end of diplomacy between Washington and Tehran.

United States President Donald Trump has on Monday signed an order targeting Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other eight senior military officials in a provocative move to ratchet up pressure on Tehran. At the White House, Trump told reporters on Monday the sanctions would prevent Khamenei and his sanctioned officials to financial resources.

Trump also said he was preparing to impose sanction on Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif this week, according to Reuters news reports.

“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Twitter.

“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security,” Mousavi tweeted.

The US has targeted Iran’s senior military officials, further blocking their access to financial assets under American jurisdiction, as well as, denied Khamenei’s and his aide’s access to support and money.

Last week, the US president abruptly called off his order of military strikes against Iran for downing an unmanned American spy drone on Thursday. The Trump administration also blames the Islamic Republic for the recent attacks over oil facilities and vessels near the Gulf of Oman, which Tehran strongly denies any wrongdoing.

 

Also read: US President Trump sanctions Iran’ supreme leader Khamenei, blocks assets in provocative move

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