Iran has blacklisted the name of President of the United States (US) Donald Trump and several senior officials behind him.
The black lists are usually established for people with problems, including terrorists and figures who violate human rights (HAM).
The Iranian action was announced right on the final day of the Trump administration, Wednesday, January 20.
Some of the officials sanctioned by Iran include Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Secretary of Defense Mark Esper, Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin.
The news was even announced directly by the Iranian Foreign Ministry. Not only that, Trump administration officials are also blacklisted.
Among them are Central Intelligence Service Director Gina Haspel, former National Security Adviser John Bolton, former US envoy to Iran Brian Hook, Elliott Abrams, Washington’s special representative for Iran, and Treasury Department sanctions official Andrea Gacki.
“These officials are blacklisted for their role in terrorist and anti-human rights activities against Iran and its citizens,” said Foreign Ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh.
Previously, the Trump administration was known to be an active critic of Iran. Trump’s criticism has intensified after the US in 2018 withdrew from the 2015 Tehran nuclear deal.