Iran imposes sanctions on 61 more Americans as nuclear talks stall

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Iran has sanctioned 61 more Americans, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for supporting an Iranian dissident group, Tehran said Saturday as months-long talks to restart the 2015 nuclear deal stalled.

Others are blacklisted Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran Expressing support for the exiled dissident group Mujahideen-e-Khalk (MEK) included former President Donald Trump’s Republican personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and former White House national security adviser John Bolton, according to Iranian state media.

Sanctionsissued in the past against dozens of Americans on various grounds allow the Iranian authorities to confiscate any assets they own in Iran. The steps announced as Democratic President Joe Biden ended his trip to the Middle East seem largely symbolic, given the likely absence of such assets.

Giuliani, Pompeo and Bolton, all Republicans, were widely reported to have taken part in MEK events and expressed support for the group. Both Pompeo and Bolton served under Trump.

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The Iran Atrocities Tribunal recently met in London to investigate the killings of some 1,500 demonstrators in 2019.  Iran's current president has come under US sanctions for his role in the brutal crackdown.

The Iran Atrocities Tribunal recently met in London to investigate the killings of some 1,500 demonstrators in 2019. Iran’s current president has come under US sanctions for his role in the brutal crackdown.
(Contributed by Brian Erfani / Iran Atrocities Tribunal)

Iran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans in January and another 24 in April.

Iran’s indirect negotiations with United States to revive the 2015 nuclear pact began in November in Vienna and continued in June in Qatar. But negotiations stalled for several months.

In 2018 Trump backed out of the dealcalling it too soft on Iran, and reintroduced tough US sanctions, pushing Tehran to violate the nuclear restrictions in the pact.

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President Joe Biden comments on the recent mass shooting at the White House on June 2, 2022 in Washington, DC.

President Joe Biden comments on the recent mass shooting at the White House on June 2, 2022 in Washington, DC.
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Biden administration pledged to stand by all Americans despite any disagreement over policies or policies.

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“The United States will protect and protect its citizens. Including those who serve the United States now and those who have served in the past.” State Department A spokesperson announced this on Saturday. “We are united in our determination to counter threats and provocations, and we will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks launched by Iran.”