This text originated in VOA’s Persian Service.
Iran’s rich prime diplomat, who has spent a 3rd of his life in the USA, might see Washington sanction his property and additional restrict his capacity to go to the U.S. within the coming days.
In a White Home press briefing Monday, U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin mentioned President Donald Trump had instructed him to impose sanctions on Iranian Overseas Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif by the tip of the week.
Mnuchin’s announcement coincided with the Trump administration sanctioning Iranian Supreme Chief Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and eight senior commanders of Khamenei’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) for the primary time. Mnuchin mentioned the brand new sanctions goal people whom Washington sees as answerable for Iran’s perceived malign behaviors, together with its shoot-down of a U.S. drone over the Persian Gulf final week.
As Iranian international minister, Zarif has a seat on Iran’s influential Supreme National Security Council, a physique with 12 everlasting members who make coverage suggestions to Khamenei for defending the nation’s Islamist management towards inner and exterior threats.
“Nobody ought to make any mistake that Zarif is near Iran’s supreme chief, near President Hassan Rouhani and a loyal international minister to his authorities,” mentioned former U.S. Ambassador Wendy Sherman, who was Barack Obama’s chief U.S. negotiator for talks with Zarif resulting in the signing of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and…