Iran’s Foreign Ministry sanctioned a U.S. think tank, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, and its CEO for having been “involved, in a conscious and intentional manner, in designing, imposing and intensifying the impacts of economic terrorism against Iran, and… seriously and actively trying to harm the Iranian people’s security and vital interests”. The ministry’s statement went on to indicate that “this measure will be without prejudice to any further legal measures that the other administrative, judicial or security institutions and organisations may take in order to counter, prosecute or punish the abovementioned persons or their Iranian and non-Iranian collaborators and accomplices”. The U.S. State Department's spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, responded that “the outlaw regime in Iran issued a threat today against FDD, an American think tank, and its CEO. The U.S. takes the regime’s threats seriously”. She added that “we intend to hold Iran responsible for directly or indirectly compromising the safety of any American”.
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