Tuesday, August 9, 2022

Iran Sanctions 61 More Americans Amid Deadlock in Nuclear Talks

Iran has imposed sanctions on 61 more Americans, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for backing an Iranian splinter group, Tehran said on Saturday, as months of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal remained stalled.

Others blacklisted by Iran’s Foreign Ministry for voicing support for the exiled dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) included former Republican President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, and the former national security adviser to the White House John Bolton, Iranian state media reported.

The sanctions, issued against dozens of Americans in the past for various reasons, allow Iranian authorities to seize any assets they have in Iran. The steps, announced as Democratic US President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to the Middle East, appear largely symbolic given the likely absence of such assets.

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It has been widely reported that Giuliani, Pompeo and Bolton, all Republicans, participated in MEK events and expressed support for the group. Both Pompeo and Bolton served under Trump.

Iran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans in January and another 24 in April.

Iran’s indirect talks with the United States on reviving the 2015 nuclear pact began in November in Vienna and continued in Qatar in June. But negotiations have faced a months-long impasse.

In 2018, Trump abandoned the deal, calling it too soft on Iran, and reimposed harsh US sanctions, prompting Tehran to violate the pact’s nuclear limits.

The Biden administration has pledged to stand with all Americans despite any disagreement on politics or policy.

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“The United States will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those who serve the United States now and those who served before,” a State Department representative said Saturday. “We are united in our resolve against threats and provocations, and we will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attack carried out by Iran.”

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