Iran denounces US sanctions over election interference

Iran has condemned sanctions imposed by the Biden administration on six Iranians and one firm for alleged interference within the 2020 presidential marketing campaign. 

On Thursday the Treasury Department introduced the designations of Iranian cybersecurity firm Emennet Pasargad and 6 Iranians it stated took half in a cyber marketing campaign “to intimidate and influence American voters, and otherwise undermine voter confidence and sow discord.” 

The Justice Department additionally unveiled prison fees towards two of the sanctioned Iranians, Seyyed Mohammad Hosein Musa Kazemi and Sajjad Kashian, who’re accused of hacking the pc system of an unidentified US state and downloading information on greater than 100,000 of that state’s voters. Prosecutors accused them of posing because the white nationalist Proud Boys group and sending hundreds of threatening emails to registered Democrats, in addition to illegally getting access to a US media firm’s laptop community.

In a press release posted to Twitter on Friday, Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Saeed Khatibzadeh described the administration’s sanctions towards the alleged Iranian cyber actors as “not legitimate.” 

“Iran considers the new US sanctions efforts as a continuation of the failed policy of Trump’s maximum pressure and as actions out of desperation,” Khatibzadeh stated. 

The Trump administration pursued what it referred to as a “maximum pressure” marketing campaign towards Iran after unilaterally withdrawing from the nuclear deal in 2018 and restored harsh financial sanctions meant to spur broader negotiations on Tehran’s nuclear ambitions, ballistic missiles program and regional exercise. 

President Joe Biden is searching for to rejoin the landmark accord and has pledged to raise the Trump-era sanctions in alternate for Iran coming again into compliance with the deal. Talks aimed toward salvaging the settlement are set to renew in Vienna on Nov. 29 after the six rounds of negotiations ended with no breakthrough. 

Iran additionally lashed out Friday at French Foreign Ministry spokesperson Anne-Claire Legendre, who not too long ago referred to as on the United Nations’ atomic watchdog, the International Atomic Energy Agency, to ship a “strong message” that Tehran ought to resume cooperation with the company and return to full implementation of the nuclear deal. 

Iran “has always emphasized that the IAEA’s reputation as a technical and specialized body of the United Nations should be free from any political behavior,” Khatibzadeh tweeted. 

The nation’s consultant workplace in Vienna introduced that IAEA chief Rafael Grossi will go to Iran subsequent week to fulfill with Iran’s new overseas minister, Hossein Amir-Abdollahian.