Iran says U.S. new sanctions target diplomacy

Iran says U.S. new sanctions target diplomacy

TEHRAN (Rahnuma): Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that U.S. decision to sanction the Iranian top officials closed the path of diplomacy between Washington and Tehran.

“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy with the desperate U.S. administration,” the spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted on Tuesday.

“Trump’s administration is destroying all the international mechanisms developed for securing world peace and security”, said Mousavi.

On Monday, U.S. president Donald Trump signed an executive order for sanctions targeting Iran’s Supreme Leader Khamenei, his office and those closely affiliated with him. Washington also announced that it will sanction Iran’s foreign minister next week.

The new sanctions by the United States come in the wake of downing of a U.S. drone by Iran last week. Iran said the drone had violated its airspace, which the United States denied.

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