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Iran Sanctions 52 Americans on Anniversary of Soleimani Killing, Drawing U.S. Rebuke

White House national security adviser Sullivan says Tehran will ‘face severe consequences’ if it attacks those targeted by largely symbolic measure.
Iran sanctions 52 Americans on anniversary of Soleimani killing, drawing US rebuke
People carry portraits of late Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis and Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani at Baghdad Airport, in Baghdad on January 2, 2021, at the site of their killing. – On January 3, 2021, Iraq will mark the first anniversary of the killing of Iran’s top security and intelligence commander Qasem Soleimani in a drone strike at Baghdad International Airport that was authorized by US President Trump. (Photo by AHMAD AL-RUBAYE / AFP)

Times of Israel

Iran announced sanctions against more than 50 American individuals over the killing two years ago of Tehran’s top general Qassem Soleimani, drawing a strong rebuke from Washington on Sunday.

The Islamic Republic’s foreign ministry said the 52 US nationals had been blacklisted for “their role in the terrorist crime by the United States against the martyred General Qassem Soleimani and his companions and the promotion of terrorism and violations of fundamental human rights.”

Many of those targeted are from the US military. They include Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman General Mark Milley and former White House national security adviser Robert O’Brien.

The sanctions let Tehran confiscate assets owned by the American’s in Iran, but since they apparently do not have such assets, the move is largely symbolic.

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