On the second anniversary of the assassination of Iranian general Qasem Soleimani, the Islamic Republic of Iran levied economic penalties on 52 American individuals and organizations. Iranian officials have put former Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Mark Milley, former National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien, and former United Nations Ambassador Nikki Haley on a blacklist that will be in effect until 2022.
The sanctions were implemented in response to these American persons’ “participation in the United States’ terrorist crime against the murdered General Qasem Soleimani and his colleagues, as well as the sponsorship of terrorism and breaches of fundamental human rights,” according to Iran’s foreign ministry. Because of the sanctions, these Americans will be unable to travel to Iran, and their assets in the nation will be frozen if they do. In other words, the sanctions are purely symbolic gestures with little practical value.
After the death of Soleimani, Iran imposed similar penalties on former President Donald Trump and other Americans, making the list of sanctioned Americans a who’s who of Americans who have fought back against Iran in the past. According to state-run media in Iran, the “assassination” of Soleimani, whom the Iranians have started to see as a hero, will be the subject of criminal proceedings against 127 persons.
According to the Fars News Agency: Spokesman for the Iranian judiciary Zabihollah Khodayian said the country sent 11 letters to 9 countries asking for measures against the 128 offenders. A memorandum of understanding has been signed between Iran and Iraq on this issue, and the two neighbors have set up working groups, the third of which will take place soon. Khodayian hoped that the assassination of General Soleimani would receive more international attention if the judiciary’s vice president for legal affairs and the judiciary’s department for international affairs worked together.
There is no doubt in my mind that the United States will do everything in its power to prevent Iran from launching an attack on the United States. Sullivan’s words don’t have the Iranians on the edge of their seats, either.