News ID: 200808
Published: 1005 GMT September 18, 2017

Iran: US cyberattack accusations baseless

Iran: US cyberattack accusations baseless

Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qassemi described the US accusations against Iranian citizen’s involvement in cyberattacks as baseless, warning about the continuation of anti-Iran policies.

Qassemi said that the US measures are in line with the country's Iranophobia policy and urged the White House officials to adopt a rational approach towards the Islamic Republic of Iran, IRNA reported.

“US decision-makers should have a deeper look at the consequences of their wrong and failed anti-Iranian hostile policies,” Qassemi made the remarks on Sunday in reaction to the recent sanctions imposed by Washington on several Iranian individuals and entities.

The US Treasury Department on Thursday announced economic sanctions on 11 individuals and companies in Iran accused of supporting the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) or engaging in cyberattacks on US banks.

The US has imposed new restrictions on Iran, but extended sanctions relief under the 2015 nuclear agreement.

The new sanctions targeted an engineering company, two air transport firms and an IT company accused of carrying out denial-of-service attacks on at least nine American financial institutions, including major banks and stock exchanges between 2011 and 2012.

“The incorrect and baseless cyberattack accusation leveled against Iranian citizens is an irrelevant and unjustified claim and in contradiction with the basic rights of individuals to have unrestricted access to information and cyberspace,” Qassemi said on Sunday, adding, “The US government’s measure is contrary to all recognized legal and international principles.”

The Iranian spokesperson emphasized that the United States has always been the country of origin and the center of cyberattacks against Iran’s state-run centers and organizations during past years.



The new US sanctions freeze any assets the aforesaid individuals and companies hold in the country and prohibit American citizens and residents and US companies from doing business with them.

Trump, who had made no secret of opposing the nuclear agreement in his election campaign, has threatened to “tear up” the agreement, calling it “the worst deal ever negotiated.” But Nikki Haley said recently that Washington will not withdraw from the deal.



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