Iran places sanctions on US officials for terrorism, human rights violations
Noteworthy current and former US officials include former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, US ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, former US senator Joe Lieberman, and several US Treasury officials
By News Desk - April 09 2022

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The Iranian foreign ministry has placed sanctions on both current US officials and former officials, according to an announcement made on 9 April.

Nine US officials have been added to Iran’s sanctions list for supporting terrorism around the world, while 15 other US officials were added for human rights violations.

The Iranian foreign ministry said the designated officials “have taken part in supporting, organizing, and imposing the United States Unilateral Coercive Measures against the people and government of Iran. They have also financed and supported terrorist groups and terrorist acts against Iran, as well as the repressive measures of the Zionist regime of Israel in the region, in particular, against the Palestinian people.”

Among the well-known names that Iran has linked to terrorist activities are retired general George W. Casey Jr., Trump lawyer and former New York mayor Rudy Giuliani, former US vice president Joe Lieberman, US ambassador to Lebanon Dorothy Shea, and former US ambassador to Israel David Friedman.

Giuliani was an adviser to former US president Donald Trump, who ordered the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani on 3 January 2020.

Giuliani has been a guest at several so-called ‘Free Iran’ conferences held by Mujahideen-e-Khalk (MEK), a terrorist organization led by Iranian expats. The MEK has killed scores of Iranian civilians throughout the decades.

Former US senator Joe Lieberman was actively involved in garnering US support for the Free Syrian Army (FSA), which had close ties with al-Nusra Front, the Syrian branch of al-Qaeda.

US ambassador Dorothy Shea attempted to frame Hezbollah with 20 tons of dangerous ammonium nitrate, the same explosive material that caused the tragic explosion in the Port of Beirut on 4 August 2020.

Ambassador Shea also routinely oversteps internationally recognized boundaries for diplomats when it comes to intervening in their host nation’s sovereign decision-making processes and internal affairs. This includes pushing the Lebanese government to condemn the Russian special military operation on Ukraine and shielding Central Bank Governor Riad Salameh from arrest.

Among those sanctioned for human rights violations, noteworthy names include former US treasury secretary Jacob Lew and former US undersecretary of the treasury for terrorism and financial intelligence Sigal Mandelker.

Both Lew and Mandeleker oversaw the implementation of sanctions against Iran which crippled its economy and deprived its people of much needed medical supplies at a time when Iran did not have a domestic medical and pharmaceutical industry.

The Iranian foreign ministry statement declared “the deliberate imposition of hard conditions by the United States on the Iranian people, including deprivation of access to medicine and medical equipment, especially in the situation caused by the Covid-19 pandemic … endangered the lives of millions of Iranians … [These] are flagrant violations of the fundamental principles of international law and human rights, and are a clear example of crimes against humanity.”

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