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General Staff of Iranian Armed Forces: Angry US Resorts to Adventurism by Sanctioning Zarif

General Staff of the Iranian Armed Forces in a statement on Thursday blasted the US sanctions against Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, saying that Washington is angry at failure of its pressures against Tehran.

“The US has in recent months attempted to make the allied states accompany a naval coalition in the Strait of Hormuz and the Persian Gulf to endanger the international waterway like the past but the hidden opposition of the European and regional governments has angered the White House leaders,” the statement said.

It added that the US which has become isolated in the region and the world is resorting to adventurist moves which will bear no results but failure.

“Their recent move to sanction the head of the Islamic Republic of Iran’s foreign policy apparatus will have no effect and they will remain alone on this path too,” the statement underlined.

The US Department of Treasury on Wednesday imposed sanctions against Zarif.

Zarif, who has been Iran’s foreign minister since 2013, was the chief negotiator in the multinational nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The Trump administration said last month it was planning to impose sanctions against Iranian top diplomat.

In reaction to the decision, Zarif played down the US sanctions against him, expressing pleasure that he is considered as a “huge threat” to Washington’s plots.

“The US’ reason for designating me is that I am Iran’s primary spokesperson around the world,” Zarif wrote on his Twitter account early Thursday.

“It has no effect on me or my family, as I have no property or interests outside of Iran,” he added, asking the US whether the truth is really painful.

“Thank you for considering me such a huge threat to your agenda,” Zarif reiterated.

“We know that calling for dialog and peace is an existential threat to B-Team. And since reason for designating me is my words, would US persons need OFAC license to engage with me by reading my writings or listening to interviews?” he wrote two hours later.

Zarif had earlier told the New York Times that “everyone who knows me knows that I, or my family, do not own any property outside Iran. I personally do not even have a bank account outside Iran. Iran is my entire life and my sole commitment. So I have no personal problem with possible sanctions”.

“The only impact–and possibly the sole objective–of a possible designation would be to limit my ability to communicate. And I doubt that would serve anyone. Certainly, it would limit the possibility of informed decision making in Washington,” he added.

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