Almost all the officials named served during Trump's administration which imposed sanctions on Iranian officials, politicians and companies and withdrew the United States from the Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.
In a statement, the Iranian Foreign Ministry said the US officials supported “terrorist groups and terrorist acts” against Iran, and Israel’s “repressive acts” in the region and against the Palestinian people.
The statement added that the persons had been designated for their roles in imposing and intensifying the imposition of the US unilateral coercive measures against the Iranian government and people.
The sanctions target “persons in connection with their involvement in terrorist acts, glorification and supporting terrorism and gross violations of human rights,” the statement read.
“The designated persons, as indicated, have played roles in supporting, organizing, imposing, and also intensifying the imposition of the United States’ Unilateral Coercive Measures against the people and government of the Islamic Republic of Iran, and also in financing and supporting terrorist groups and terrorist acts against the latter and in supporting repressive acts of the Zionist regime of Israel in the region, in particular, against the Palestinian people,” it added.
Gen. Austin Scott Miller, former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, former US commerce secretary Wilbur Ross, and several former ambassadors are among the officials targeted by the new Iranian sanctions.
The ministry slammed the US government for its coercive measures and deliberate infliction of harm against the people of Iran through “deprivation of access to medicine and medical equipment and services”, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The ordeals resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic and deprivation of the fundamental rights, it said, had “endangered the lives of millions of Iranians”, impacting their economic and social rights.
The ministry denounced such measures as a “flagrant violation of the fundamental principles of international law and fundamental human rights”, calling them “crime against humanity.”
“In addition, supporting, organizing and conducting terrorist acts as well as organizing, financing and providing material support including weapon, intelligence, and training to terrorist groups are in violation of international law and contravene international obligations undertaken in fighting terrorism,” the statement noted.
The ministry said the US, through unlawful acts carried out, facilitated, or operationalized by the following persons, had breached its international obligations.
“In view of the above, the Islamic Republic of Iran in conformity with its human rights obligations and obligations in combating terrorism and countering terrorism financing, in particular, terrorism perpetrated by the United States, imposes the sanctions on the said persons. The Islamic Republic of Iran reiterates that the promulgations and application of Unilateral Coercive Measures is a stark violation of the fundamental principles of international law set forth in the Charter of the United Nations and a blatant transgression of international law and impede enjoyment of human rights,” the statement underlined.
In a similar move announced in January, Iran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans, many of them from the US military, over the 2020 assassination of Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq.
Last year, it imposed sanctions on Trump and several senior US officials.