Iranians lift national flags during a ceremony in the capital Tehran, on Jan 3, 2022, commemorating the second anniversary of the killing in Iraq of top Iranian commander Qasem Soleimani (portrait) and Iraqi commander Abu Mahdi al-Muhandis in a US raid. (ATTA KENARE / AFP)
TEHRAN – Iran's Foreign Ministry on Saturday blacklisted 51 more US individuals for their "roles" in the assassination of former Iranian military commander Qassem Soleimani.
In a statement, the ministry said the new list of sanctioned US individuals, such as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, is in line with implementing Iran's law on "combating human rights violations and the adventurous and terrorist acts of the United States in the region."
Iran's Foreign Ministry said the new list of sanctioned US individuals, such as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley and former National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien, is in line with implementing Iran's law on "combating human rights violations and the adventurous and terrorist acts of the United States in the region"
"The designated persons, as the case may be, have taken part in decision-making, organizing, financing, and carrying out the terrorist act or have otherwise justified terrorism which is a threat to the international peace and security through supporting such egregious terrorist attack," it said.
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Former US President Donald Trump and former US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, among others, were previously listed to be sanctioned for the same reason, according to the statement.
"By committing the terrorist act, the US government has clearly violated its international obligations in the field of countering terrorism and terrorist financing, in particular, refraining from organizing terrorist acts," it added.
A US drone strike on a convoy killed Soleimani, former commander of the Quds Force of Iran's Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, along with an Iraqi militia commander near Baghdad International Airport on Jan 3, 2020.
In a public address here on Monday to mark Soleimani's second martyrdom anniversary, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi said that Trump and Pompeo must be "prosecuted for their criminal activity" through a fair mechanism, warning Iran's revenge in case those involved in and behind the "criminal act" are not punished.
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