With tensions running high between the two countries, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order imposing the sanctions on Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and other top Iranian officials. Trump’s this move will lock billions of dollars more in Iranian assets.
US move came few days after Iran’s revolutionary guards shot down a U.S. Trump said the sanctions “will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader’s office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support.”
John Smith, who was director of the U.S. Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) before joining a law firm last year, said the United States had never targeted an Iranian head of state before and that was a sign Trump was getting personal.
Rouhani dismissed new sanctions
On the other had, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani dismissed new sanctions by the United States on Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and described the White House as “mentally retarded”, an insult Iran has used in the past about President Donald Trump.
In a speech broadcast live on state television, Rouhani said sanctions against Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei would fail because he had no assets abroad. Rouhani described the latest round of sanctions as a sign of US desperation. “The White House actions mean it is mentally retarded,” he said “Tehran’s strategic patience does not mean we have fear.”
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20 September, 2019