Iran imposes sanctions on more than two dozen Americans, including Giuliani

Iran on Saturday sanctioned 24 Americans, including former US generals and former Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, amid ongoing talks to revive a nuclear deal between the West and Iran.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry said in a statement that the 24 were involved in “terrorist acts” and human rights abuses while accusing them of depriving Iran of medical supplies and supporting economic sanctions against the Iranian people.

The ministry also said the individuals “finance and support terrorist groups and terrorist acts” against the Palestinian people in Israel.

Palestine has at times clashed violently with Israel over border disputes in the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem in the Middle East.

Iran’s sanctions list comes just days after President Biden’s administration announced sanctions targeting Iran’s ballistic missile program.

According to the Tehran Times, those named by Iran on Saturday include former Army Chief of Staff George Casey, former Joint Special Operations Command General Austin Scott Miller, former Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross, the former commander of Central Command. Joseph Votel, and several other former military and government officials.

Giuliani’s inclusion on the list means he joins former President Trump and a host of other nation-sanctioned officials under the former president’s administration.

Among them are former CIA director Mike Pompeo, Trump’s son-in-law Jared Kushner and former US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley.

The United States and Iran have been holding indirect talks in Vienna for months to hammer out a new Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action pact, otherwise known as the Iran nuclear deal, which Trump abandoned in 2018.

While officials are increasingly signaling that a new deal is imminent, no final deal has yet been put on the table. A new deal will likely lift economic sanctions against Iran imposed by the United States in exchange for an agreement that Iranian officials do not enrich uranium to produce nuclear weapons.

On Thursday, the Iranian Foreign Ministry tweeted that the department’s minister and other Iranian officials pledged to agree on a new deal, but said ‘the US side must act realistically instead of making excessive demands and obstructing negotiations’ .

In the United States, some lawmakers, including House Democrats, are also increasingly concerned about the state of the talks and the Biden administration’s lack of transparency over a potential new nuclear deal.

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