Analysis by PMOI/MEK
Iran, Aug. 5, 2019 - The US designation of Iranian regime Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who represents the most essential ministry of a government, has exacerbated political transformation against the clerical regime ruling Iran.
Analysis and studies scrutinizing the effects and aftermaths of this designation since last Wednesday when the US Treasury Department blacklisted Zarif has surfaced in a number of reports and websites and still continues as we speak.
One such news media is the Washington Free Beacon which has written a piece on this issue.
The following is the excerpt from an article about the Trump administration’s targeting Zarif as the “terrorist enabler” of the Iran regime supreme leader Ali Khamenei.
The article cites the Treasury Department saying in its statement: "While OFAC is taking today's action against Zarif under E.O. 13876, this new authority, additional information indicates that Javad Zarif oversees a foreign ministry that has coordinated with one of the Iranian regime's most nefarious state entities, the IRGC-Qods Force (IRGC-QF), which is designated pursuant to terrorism and human rights authorities. Zarif's Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its high ranking officials have engaged in and funded efforts to influence elections, some of which have involved the IRGC-QF. Additionally, senior officials of Iran's Ministry of Foreign Affairs sought to facilitate the release of two IRGC-QF operatives from a foreign country by making payments to foreign judiciary officials."
In announcing what senior officials admitted is a "highly unusual action," the Trump administration is subjecting Zarif to all of the international blacklists the U.S. uses to isolate designated individuals.
One senior administration official told reporters on background that Zarif has "been indulged as the reasonable and credible official representative of Iran" for too long, and that "today President Trump decided enough is enough."
"Zarif's office functions as an extension of the Supreme Leader's office and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, a designated foreign terrorist organization," the official said. "While the United States has historically placed a high priority on preserving a place for diplomacy, there have been historic [precedent] when a regime routinely flouts these protocols."
"We will continue to build on our maximum pressure campaign until Iran abandons its reckless foreign policy that threatens the United States and our allies," the official said.
The action builds on previous sanctions issued by the Trump administration targeting Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei and his government allies.
"This executive order was signed by the president in light of the actions of the government of Iran and Iranian-backed proxies, particularly those taking to destabilizing the Middle East, promote international terrorism, and advance Iran's ballistic missile program, and Iran's irresponsible and provocative actions in and over international waters, including the targeting of military assets and civilian vessels," a second senior administration official said.
Rep. Jim Banks (R., In.) tweeted that Zarif "does nothing but disseminate propaganda on twitter."
He added that Zarif "gets paid to do it by a regime that bans its citizens from social media."