January 19 Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs announced on the 19th that it would put outgoing US President Trump and several current and former officials of his government on the sanctions list because they participated in “terrorist and inhumane actions” against the Iranian state and people.
The Islamic Republic of Iran News Agency quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Hatibzad as saying that in addition to Trump, the sanctions list also includes U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo, former Defense Secretary Esper, Treasury Secretary Mnuchin, CIA Director Hasper, etc.
Khatibzad said that the reasons for the above-mentioned persons’s inclusion on the sanctions list include issuing assassination orders against Iranian general Suleimani, organizing and supporting terrorist acts against Iran, creating, financing, arming and training terrorist groups, and imposing “oppressive, illegal and unilateral” sanctions on the Iranian state and people.
Khatibzad said that the unilateral sanctions imposed by the Trump administration are in clear violation of the Charter of the United Nations and international law.
Iran reserves the right to take action against the illegal acts of the United States.
On January 3, 2020, Suleimani, commander of the Al-Quds Brigade, a subsidiary of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps of Iran, was killed by an American airstrike outside Baghdad International Airport in Iraq.
This incident further escalated the confrontation between the United States and Iran.