Furious Iran reacts over U.S. sanctions on supreme leader

Jun 25, 2019, 3:07 AM EDT
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A furious Iran warned on Tuesday that America’s move to impose hard-hitting sanctions against its Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei marks a “permanent closure” of diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.

In a tweet on Tuesday, Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi accused Trump’s “desperate” administration of sabotaging international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security, notes The Guardian.

The remarks follow U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order sanctioning Iran and its officials in the wake of a series of “provocative actions” by Tehran, including shooting down a U.S. drone.

Khamenei, who wields significant power in Iran’s politics and military, will be hard hit by the new sanctions, aimed at drying the regime’s revenue streams and forcing it to end its nuclear program and cut ties with Arab militias, writes the BBC.