Iran’s diplomatic spokesperson announced that “the first batch of individuals working with the so-called Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD) will soon be introduced to relevant institutions, including the Judiciary, to be added to the sanctions list”. U.S. Secretary of State Pompeo responded that “continuing attempts by the regime in Iran to intimidate FDD, an American think tank—a THINK TANK—must be condemned by all freedom-loving people around the world”. He added that “the U.S. does not take these threats lightly, and will hold the regime and its ‘apparatuses’ to account”. National Security Advisor John Bolton on 30 August added that “Iran threatening a U.S. think-tank is beyond the pale… Iran will be held accountable for any action taken to harm FDD or that of any American”.
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