Dubai: According to state television reports, Iran lifted new US sanctions against several Iranian officials on Thursday, saying this shows that Washington ’s previous sanctions against the Islamic Republic were completely ineffective.
State Television quoted Abbas Musavi, a spokesman for the Iranian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, as saying: “Washington ’s repetitive sanctions against Iranian officials to no avail are signs of weakness, despair and chaos in the US government.
The US imposed sanctions on several Iranian authorities including the Secretary of the Interior on Wednesday, accusing them of participating in serious human rights violations.
The US Treasury Department said that the Secretary of the Interior Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli issued an order authorizing Iranian law enforcement forces to use lethal force against anti-government protests in November, resulting in the killing of protesters, including at least 23 minors.
On November 15, hundreds of young and working class Iranians took to the streets to protest the government’s decision to raise fuel prices. The protests turned into political activities, demonstrators burned photos of senior officials, and called on civilian rulers to step down.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest leader of Iran ’s highest authority, condemned the turmoil as a “very dangerous conspiracy” by the Iranian enemy.
The opposition website stated in January that at least 631 people were killed during the unrest. Amnesty International said more than 300 people were killed.
Both accounts have been rejected by the Islamic Republic and the country has not yet caused casualties. The Iranian judiciary has sentenced dozens of protesters to long-term imprisonment.