Iran slams new US sanctions as sign of 'ill will'

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Iranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh speaks during a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, Iran on October 5, 2020.
Fatemeh Bahrami/AFPIranian Foreign Ministry Spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh speaks during a press conference held at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Tehran, Iran on October 5, 2020.

'The current US administration, contrary to its claim, uses every opportunity to make baseless accusations'

Iran on Thursday criticized the United States for imposing new sanctions on the Islamic Republic, saying it shows the Americans harbor bad intentions towards its people.

The US Treasury announced on Wednesday the measures targeting several entities it accused of involvement in procuring supplies for Iran's ballistic missile program.

"This move is another sign of the US government's ill will towards the Iranian people," Iran's foreign ministry spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh said.

The step proves "the current US administration, contrary to its claim, uses every opportunity to make baseless accusations and put pressure on the Iranian people," he added.

Meanwhile, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) said Iran's "missile prowess" and regional influence are "red lines," according to a statement posted on its website.

The IRGC "will confront the slightest mistake of... enemies against the Islamic homeland anywhere with decisive and destructive answers," it added.

The United States said the new sanctions target Iranian national Mohammad Ali Hosseini and his "network of companies" as suppliers of the ballistic program.

This move follows an Iranian missile attack on Erbil, Iraq on March 13, an attack by Yemen's Iran-backed Houthi rebels on a Saudi oil facility, and other recent attacks on Saudi Arabia and the UAE.

Iran claimed responsibility for the Erbil missile strikes, saying they targeted an Israeli "strategic center" and warning of more such attacks.

The sanctions come as the United States seems close, according to many observers, to an agreement with Iran on its return to the 2015 nuclear deal with a group of major powers.

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