As nuclear talks stall, Iran sanctions 61 more Americans

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The People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran was once the face of Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution against nepotistic rule, but the Iranian government now considers it a "terrorist" organization. The group, also known as the Mojahedin-e-Khalq (MEK), is said to have anti-government tendencies, such as plans to overthrow the government that currently governs parliament.

The House believes that US officials such as Senators Ted Cruz and Cory Booker, House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and former National Security Adviser Lincoln Bloomfield showed their support for the 'dissent' group by attending MEK events and assisting them in political indoctrination. The 61 members sanctioned by the Iranian government include Mike Pompeo, Rudy Guiliani, former US President Donald Trump's personal attorney, and John Bolton, who was previously the White House national security adviser. The sanction authorises the Iranian government to seize any assets of those listed that are located in Iran.

During Iran's 1979 Islamic Revolution, the MEK played a role in opposing dynastic rule and, later, clerical rule. Their evolution drove them to use violent methods, and they frequently claimed responsibility for a slew of assassinations and bombings. For eight years, they were allied with Saddam Hussein during his invasion of Iran.

It is surprising to see US officials as allies, given that the MEK has been designated as a "terrorist" organization by both the European Union and the US. However, after they were delisted, relations improved as the MEK promised to abandon its violent ways. This happened about ten years ago. Since this change, the White House has been open about its desire for a change in Iran's establishment. Republicans, in particular, support this action. The US has shown its support by sending representatives to MEK rallies on a regular basis. France, Albania, and Sweden have also allowed MEK to establish a base in their countries, giving Iran reason to accuse them of harbouring "terrorists." In 2021, Iran began the process of imposing sanctions on US officials. The charges of supporting "terrorism" and violating the human rights of Iranian citizens by imposing unilateral sanctions were cited as reasons for the Iranian government to continue expanding the list of sanctions imposed on US officials. Nonetheless, the rest of the world views the bans on US bureaucrats as emblematic, as none of the banned officials have any verified assets in Iran.

The United States of America continues to impose sanctions on Iran, further straining their economy as efforts to re-establish the 2015 nuclear deal with other world powers have stalled. The ambiguous talks began in November in Vienna and have continued until June, but in a different location: Qatar. The White House expressed its support for its citizens, saying it would ensure their safety. It will not allow debates and politics to undermine the protection afforded to all. So far, the Foreign Ministry of Iran has blacklisted nearly a hundred and forty US officials, with 51 in January, 24 in April, and 61 more this month. In response, many Iranians have begun to burn American flags across the country. Some called President Joe Biden's recent trip to the Middle East a gimmick. As is typical of Iran's angry crowds, anti-US and anti-Israel chants were heard in demonstrations. Crowds are protesting the growing normalisation of relations between the United States of America and other Middle Eastern countries.

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