Iranian-born activist and journalist Masih Nejad
Iran denounced, on Saturday, new sanctions imposed by the United States on 4 Iranians, over a plot through which Washington said Tehran sought to kidnap an American journalist of Iranian origin.
On Friday, the US Treasury imposed sanctions on the four Iranians, saying they were intelligence agents responsible for the failed scheme..
“Washington must realize that it has no choice but to abandon its addiction to sanctions and adopt a respectful behavior towards Tehran,” the Iranian Foreign Ministry said in a tweet, citing its spokesman Saeed Khatibzadeh, according to Reuters.
The sanctions come after US prosecutors accused 4 Iranians last July of plotting to kidnap Masih Alinejad, a journalist and rights activist who criticizes Tehran..
According to the US Treasury Department, those on whom the sanctions were imposed are the prominent intelligence official in Iran, Ali Reza Shah Farooqi Farahani, and Iranian intelligence agents Mahmoud Khazin, Kia Seddiqi and Omid Nouri..
The sanctions freeze all four of their property in the United States or under U.S. jurisdiction and prohibit any transfers between them and U.S. citizens.
The department added that non-Americans who make certain transfers with the four could also be subject to US sanctions.