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Iran imposes sanctions on 24 Americans as nuclear talks stall

Iran said on Saturday it had imposed sanctions on 24 other Americans, including former Army Chief of Staff George Casey and former President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani, as months of talks to revive a 2015 nuclear deal have stalled.

Almost all of those named were officials who served during the Trump administration, which imposed sanctions on Iranian officials, politicians and businesses and pulled the United States from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers.

In a statement carried by local media, Iran’s Foreign Ministry accused the sanctioned Americans – which also included several business figures and politicians – of supporting “terrorist groups and terrorist acts” against Iran , and Israel’s “repressive acts” in the region and against the Palestinians. .

Eleven months of indirect talks between Iran and the United States in Vienna on rescuing the 2015 deal have stalled, with both sides saying political decisions are needed from Tehran and Washington to settle the remaining issues.

The sanctions allow Iranian authorities to seize any assets held by individuals in Iran, but the apparent lack of such assets means the decision is likely to be symbolic.

General Austin Scott Miller, former commander of US forces in Afghanistan, former US Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross and several former ambassadors are among the officials targeted by the new Iranian sanctions.

In a similar move announced in January, Iran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans, many of them in the US military, for the 2020 killing of General Qassem Soleimani in a drone strike in Iraq.

Last year, he imposed sanctions on Trump and several senior US officials.

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