Iran sanctions 61 more Americans as nuclear talks hit impasse

Others blacklisted by Iran’s Foreign Ministry for voicing support for the exiled dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK) included Republican former President Donald Trump’s personal attorney Rudy Giuliani and former White House national security adviser John Bolton, Iranian state media reported.

The sanctions, issued against dozens of Americans in the past on various grounds, let Iranian authorities seize any assets they hold in Iran. The steps, announced as Democratic U.S. President Joe Biden wrapped up his trip to the Middle East, appear largely symbolic given the likely absence of such assets.

Giuliani, Pompeo and Bolton, all Republicans, have been widely reported to have taken part in MEK events and voiced support for the group. Both Pompeo and Bolton served under Trump.

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The Iran Atrocities Tribunal recently met in London to investigate the killings of some 1500 betogers in 2019. Iran's current president was sanctioned by the U.S. for his role in the violent crackdown.

The Iran Atrocities Tribunal recently met in London to investigate the killings of some 1500 betogers in 2019. Iran’s current president was sanctioned by the U.S. for his role in the violent crackdown. (Met dank aan: Brian Erfani/The Iran Atrocities Tribunal)

Iran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans in January and another 24 in April.

Iran’s indirect talks with die Verenigde State on reviving the 2015 nuclear pact began in November in Vienna and continued in Qatar in June. But the negotiations have faced a months-long impasse.

In 2018, Trump abandoned the deal, calling it too soft on Iran, and reimposed harsh U.S. sanctions, spurring Tehran to breach nuclear limits in the pact.

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President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent mass shootings from the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden delivers remarks on the recent mass shootings from the White House on June 02, 2022 in Washington, DC. (Foto deur Kevin Dietsch/Getty Images)

Biden’s administration pledged to support all Americans despite any disagreements over politics or policy.

The United States will protect and defend its citizens. This includes those serving the United States now and those who formerly served,” a Staatsdepartement spokesperson said on Saturday. “We are united in our resolve against threats and provocations, and we will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks carried out by Iran.

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