On Saturday, Tehran announced sanctions on twenty-four US individuals, including George W. Casey Jr., the former US Army’s Chief of Staff, and Rudy Giuliani, the ex-Mayor of New York City and ex-President Donald Trump’s lawyer, as months of negotiations to restore the Iran Nuclear Deal have delayed.
According to the media reports, nearly all the people named were officials who served during Donald Trump’s government, which levied costs on officials of the Islamic Republic, politicians, and firms and pulled out America from 2015 Iran’s Nuclear Accord with powerful nations of the world.
Moreover, in a local media statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran blamed the sanctioned US people for backing ‘terrorist groups and their actions’ and repressive acts of Jerusalem in the territory and against the Palestinian people.
Furthermore, 11-months of indirect negotiations between the U.S. and the Islamic Republic of Iran in Austria on salvaging the Iran Nuclear Agreement have caught up as both parties say political decisions are obligatory by D.C. and Tehran to settle down the remaining problems. The consequences let Iranian authorities take hold of any assets held by the people in the Islamic Republic, but the apparent nonappearance of such assets means the action would possibly be symbolic.
The latest Iranian sanctions targeted the American officials, including the final commander of NATO’s Resolute Support Mission and United States Forces –Afghanistan, Gen. Austin S. Miller, the former U.S. Commerce Secretary Wilbur Louis Ross Jr., and several former envoys.
Previously, in a comparable action this January, Tehran announced sanctions on fifty-one US people, several of them were from the American military, over the assassination of Gen. Qassem Soleimani on January 3, 2020.
Iran’s Raisi Pledges to Continue Atomic Activities
On April 9, Iranian President Sayyid Ebrahim Raisolsadati said that Tehran would continue atomic development activities as negotiations to restore the 2015 Nuclear Deal, an agreement on the Iranian nuclear program reached in Vienna, Austria, on July 14, 2015, between Iran and the P5+1 together with the EU, with world powerful countries remain delayed.
Mr. Raisi, who took office on August 3, 2021, said that their knowledge and technology in the nuclear field isn’t rescindable. Tehran’s continuation of research in peaceful atomic fields wouldn’t depend on the demands and opinions of others.
US ‘imposing new conditions’ – Tehran
On Sunday, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian, Iran’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, said that the United States is levying ‘new conditions’ in the talks to revive the Iran Nuclear Deal. Moreover, the foreign minister said that on the matter of lifting consequences, the Americans are interested in suggesting and announcing new conditions outside the talks, according to Iran’s official news agency IRNA.
But the U.S. is yet to make such decisions. Even worse, it keeps presenting demands that fall beyond the scope of the JCPOA, according to Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian.
— Tehran Times (@TehranTimes79) April 11, 2022
Amir-Abdollahian said that in the recent 2-3 weeks, Washington had made multiple demands that opposed some paragraphs of the text.