Washington previously imposed restrictions on Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and “those closely affiliated with him”. US President Donald Trump has said he is responsible for “the hostile conduct” of Tehran towards the United States.
“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s Supreme Leader [Ayatollah Ali Khamenei] and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy [Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif] is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy”, Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi stated.
“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.”
The US sanctions targeting top Iranian statesmen come after the downing of a US drone by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps last week. According to Tehran, the UAV and P-8 Poseidon spy plane accompanying it had violated the country’s border.