Political organization

Iran sanctions US officials and lawmakers for supporting MEK organization

The Iranian Foreign Ministry has sanctioned a group of US officials and lawmakers for their alleged support for the organization of the exiled opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) based in Albania.

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry listed 61 senators and representatives – Democrats and Republicans – as well as former and current officials for supporting the group, which the Islamic Republic calls “Monafeqin”, using the Koranic term which means “hypocrites “. .

Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, Trump lawyer Rudy Giuliani, former national security adviser John Bolton and Senators Ted Cruz and Cory Booker, as well as the chairman of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee , Bob Menendez, are on the listing.

Several of these people had previously been blacklisted by the Iranian government for other reasons.

Iran is furious at the the group’s influence among western politicians, especially in the United Statesin particular following the sentencing of a former Iranian jailer to life imprisonment by a Swedish court for executions of political prisoners in 1988, and repeated cyberattacks on Iranian infrastructure some apparently by MEK.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry has accused Sweden of bowing to pressure from the MEK, which Tehran considers a terrorist organization. Most of the approximately 5,000 prisoners summarily executed in the jails were MEK members serving their sentences.

The Islamic Republic holds the MEK responsible for the bombings and assassinations in Iran in the 1980s and for its alliance with Saddam Hussein until its overthrow in 2003.

In April, Iran sanctioned 24 other Americans in a largely symbolic gestureas months of talks to revive the 2015 nuclear deal stall.

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.