The Iranian government blacklists 51 Americans over the assassination of Soleimani
The Iranian government blacklists 51 Americans over the assassination of Soleimani

Iran's Foreign Ministry added 51 more Americans to its blacklist on Saturday for their "roles" in the killing of former Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani in 2020.

The ministry said in a statement that the new list of sanctioned Americans, which includes Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, is in accordance with Iran's law on "combating human rights violations and the adventurous and terrorist acts of the United States in the region." Iran placed sanctions on former US President Donald Trump, former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and numerous other key US officials in a similar move made a year ago.

On January 3, 2020, Soleimani, the commander of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps' Quds Force, was assassinated in Iraq in a drone attack directed by then-US President Trump. "The US administration has plainly breached its international commitments in the sphere of counter-terrorism and terrorist funding, in particular, refraining from coordinating terrorist activities," Iran's Foreign Ministry stated in a statement.

Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said in a public address on Monday to commemorate Soleimani's second martyrdom anniversary that Trump and Pompeo must be "prosecuted for their criminal activity" through a fair mechanism, threatening Iran's retaliation if those involved in and behind the "criminal act" are not punished.

Following the United States' withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal with international powers in 2018, the Trump administration imposed sanctions on Iranian leaders, politicians, and companies. Iran and the United States are presently negotiating in Vienna in an attempt to save 2015 nuclear deal.

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