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Iran protests US blacklisting of Zarif to the UN

Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif
Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif

Analysis by PMOI/MEK


Iran, Aug 7, 2019 - In a letter to the United Nations, the clerical regime ruling Iran, receiving a striking blow after its foreign minister was blacklisted by the US, protested the move.

The mullahs’ regime has called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to push back against the US for sanctioning Mohammad Javad Zarif, according to a Reuters report.

Iran’s U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht-e Ravanchi accused the United States of a “brazen violation of the fundamental principles of international law” and urged the international community to condemn the U.S. behavior, Reuters said citing the letter.

It is not clear what Guterres could do in response to the Iranians, Reuters reported. U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric declined to comment on the letter.

Reuters added that the U.S. sanctions imposed on Zarif last week would block any property or interests he has in the United States.

The United States also imposed unusually tight travel restrictions on Zarif when he visited New York last month to speak at a U.N. meeting. He was only able to travel between the United Nations, the Iranian U.N. mission, the Iranian U.N. ambassador’s residence, and John F. Kennedy airport.

The sanctions on Zarif were imposed two weeks after he visited New York. Zarif posted on Twitter on Monday that he believed the United States was not interested in talks with Tehran.