Iran to US: Stop your addiction to sanctions

Iran livid after US sanctions four Iranians who plotted to kidnap American journalist of Iranian descent.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

Tehran, Iran
Tehran, Iran

Iran on Saturday urged the United States to stop its “addiction” to sanctions against the Islamic Republic, AFP reports.

The comments by foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh came a day after the US Treasury announced financial sanctions against four Iranians accused of planning the kidnapping in the US of an American journalist of Iranian descent.

"Washington must understand that it has no other choice but to abandon its addiction to sanctions and show respect, both in its statements and in its behavior, towards Iran," Khatibzadeh said in a press release quoted by AFP.

On Friday, the United States sanctioned four Iranian intelligence operatives behind a failed plot to kidnap a US journalist and human rights activist.

The sanctions block all property of the four Iranians in the United States or in US control, and prohibits any transactions between them and US citizens. Other non-Americans who conduct certain transactions with the four could also be subjected to US sanctions, the department added.

Those sanctioned include senior Iran-based intelligence official Alireza Shahvaroghi Farahani as well as Iranian intelligence operatives Mahmoud Khazein, Kiya Sadeghi and Omid Noori, the Treasury said.

In July, US prosecutors charged the four Iranians with plotting to kidnap Iranian-American journalist Masih Alinejad, who is a long-time critic of the Iranian regime.

Khatibzadeh in July called the American charges "baseless and absurd", referring to them as "Hollywood scenarios".

On Saturday, he accused President Joe Biden of following the same "dead end" policies as his predecessor, Donald Trump.