US sanctions Zarif for being Iran’s ‘primary spokesperson around the world’

The administration of US President Donald Trump has imposed sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for what Iran calls “great fear” of his eloquent delivery of the Iranian nation’s message to the world.

In separate statements on Wednesday, the US departments of State and Treasury announced the imposition of sanctions against Zarif because he “acted or purported to act for or on behalf of, directly or indirectly, the Supreme Leader of the Islamic Republic of Iran”.

Back on June 24, US President Donald Trump announced new sanctions against Iran targeting Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and top commanders of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

In his statement on blacklisting Zarif, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo claimed that the top Iranian diplomat is a “key enabler” of Iran’s policies throughout the region and the world.

The US Treasury Department also said in its statement that Zarif is Iran’s “primary spokesperson around the world,” and that the ban “is sending a clear message that Iran’s “recent behavior is completely unacceptable.”

“The US’ reason for designating me is that I am Iran’s ‘primary spokesperson around the world’. Is the truth really that painful?” Zarif said in a tweet shortly after the designation, mocking the terms used by the US administration to describe his activities.

He also reiterated that the move by the US administration “has no effect” on him or his family, as they “have no property or interests outside of Iran.”

“Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda.”

In another tweet, Zarif further mocked the reason for the sanctions.

“Since reason for designating me is my words, would “US persons” need OFAC license to “engage” with me by reading my writings or listening to interviews?” he asked the US secretaries of state and treasury as well as the CEO of Twitter Jack Dorsey.

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