The Treasury Department announced sanctions against Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif. Secretary of State Pompeo stated that “Zarif is a key enabler of Ayatollah Khamenei’s policies throughout the region and around the world” and argued that “this action represents another step toward denying the Iranian regime the resources to enable terror and oppress the Iranian people”. National Security Advisor John Bolton asserted that the move “sends a signal that we consider Javad Zarif… an illegitimate spokesman for Iran”. President Rouhani called the designation “childish behaviour”, while Zarif reacted by saying that it “has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran. Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda”.
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