Iran: Ex-US General Among 24 New People Sanctioned

Other former US Treasury and Army officials are on the list

Iran announced on Saturday that it had sanctioned a retired US general and 23 other US nationals involved in what the Islamic Republic has called “acts of terrorism and human rights abuses”.

The announcement comes as talks in Vienna to save the Iran nuclear deal reached in 2015 between Iran and the major powers have been suspended for nearly a month.

Retired US General Joseph Votel, who led US Central Command, which covers the Middle East, is among the 24 Americans sanctioned. Other former US Treasury and military officials, ambassadors and business leaders are also on the list.

They are sanctioned for “their involvement in terrorist acts, the glorification and support of terrorism and gross violations of human rights”, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

The 2015 Iran nuclear deal allowed for sanctions relief on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program to ensure Tehran could not develop nuclear weapons, something it has always denied wanting to do.

But in 2018, the United States unilaterally withdrew from the agreement and reimposed harsh economic sanctions, prompting Iran to renege on its own commitments the following year.

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