Iran on Friday imposed sanctions on US ambassador to Iraq Matthew Tueller and two other diplomats for participating in “terrorist” acts against its interests, just a day after Washington blacklisted Iranian envoy to Iraj Masjedi and two senior Hezbollah officials.
“US [Ambassador to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, has had a central role in coordinating terrorist acts in Iraq & beyond, in ... assassination of Gen. [Qassem] Soleimani... Today, Iran designated him & two other officials involved,” the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said on Twitter.
The two other diplomats are Tueller’s deputy Steve Fagin and head of US consulate in Arbil.
US Amb. to Iraq, Matthew Tueller, has had a central role in coordinating terrorist acts in Iraq & beyond, in criminal assassination of Gen. Soleimani & in advancing sanx agst our ppl. Today, Iran designated him & two other officials involved.— Saeed Khatibzadeh (@SKhatibzadeh) October 23, 2020
Anti-Iran moves won't go unanswered. pic.twitter.com/4BTc16S7TK
The US officials “have effectively engaged in organizing, financing, leading and committing terrorist acts against the interests of the government or citizens” of Iran, the foreign ministry said in a statement released on Twitter.
Iran accused the officials of being involved in the killing of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani, supporting “extremist and terrorist groups,” and imposing sanctions on Iran and dozens of officials.
Soleimani, who was the head of the Iranian Qods Force, was killed in a US drone strike near Baghdad’s airport in January.
“Anti-Iran moves won’t go unanswered,” Khatibzadeh said.
Washington had on Thursday imposed new sanctions on five Iranian entities, including the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, over “brazen attempts” to interfere with the upcoming US election.
Tensions between Iran and the United States have been on the rise since President Donald Trump withdrew from a landmark nuclear deal with Tehran.
They were reignited when Soleimani was killed.
(With AFP and Reuters)