Iran calls US sanctions on nuke organization chief ‘unwise’

Iran's Head of the Atomic Energy Organisation Ali Akbar Salehi delivers his speech at opening of the general conference of the IAEA. (File photo: AP)

Iran’s nuclear energy organization called recent sanctions on the head of the agency by the US an “unwise move” that won’t interrupt Iran’s peaceful nuclear policies.

The US announced new sanctions Thursday against the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran and its director, Ali Akbar Salehi. The sanctions freeze any assets that Salehi has within US jurisdiction.

The organization said in a tweet Friday: “The unwise move by @realDonaldTrump to impose sanctions on Dr. Salehi and AEOI will not in any way interrupt (Iran’s) peaceful nuclear activities and policies.”

“Such cruel sanctions will further enhance the nuclear scientist’s motives in neutralizing hostile U.S policies,” the organization continued.

Meanwhile, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said it seems US officials imposed the sanctions to try to divert public opinion from Trump’s impeachment.

The new sanctions come amid heightened tensions between Iran and the US since Trump unilaterally withdrew America from the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers in May 2018. Since then, Iran has begun breaking terms of the deal, which limited its enrichment of uranium.

Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 10:01 - GMT 07:01