Zarif Slams New US Sanctions, Urges Trump to Abandon ‘Thirst for War’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has lashed out at the US for further escalation of its economic terrorism against Iran by imposing further sanctions against the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC).

“As the world – minus 3 or 2 panicked cohorts – was breathing a sigh of relief over ouster of B-Team’s henchman in the White House, Pompeo and Mnuchin declared further escalation of Economic Terrorism against Iran,” Zarif said in a Wednesday tweet.

“Thirst for war – maximum pressure – should go with the warmonger-in-chief,” he added.

Zarif was referring to US President Donald Trump’s ouster of his national security advisor John Bolton, a hawkish element who advocated for harshest anti-Iran policies and even a military invasion.

The United States on Tuesday announced sanctions on the IRGC and the Palestinian group Hamas based on a new executive order giving the Treasury and State departments new tools to better target these groups.

The new order was announced by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin.

“The government has taken more action than we ever have before,” Mnuchin said.

“Today’s executive order marks the most significant update to counterterrorism sanctions authorities since September of 2001,” Pompeo said.

   
   

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