The United States sanctioned Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif Wednesday, following through on a weeks-old threat that is likely to elevate already heightened tensions with Iran.
Senior administration officials said that the designation was due to Zarif’s actions on behalf of Iran’s Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whom the administration sanctioned in late June.
“Today President (Donald) Trump decided enough is enough,” a senior administration official said on a call with reporters.
In a statement, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said the outspoken Iranian foreign minister “implements the reckless agenda of Iran’s Supreme Leader, and is the regime’s primary spokesperson around the world.”
“The United States is sending a clear message to the Iranian regime that its recent behavior is completely unacceptable,” he said.
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