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(CNSNews.com) – The Iranian regime, in what’s believed to be an unprecedented move, has designated for sanctions a Washington-based think tank and its chief executive, while lawmakers in Tehran are separately considering a bill to sanction senior U.S. officials “with a long record of animosity towards Iran.”
The foreign ministry announcement targeted the Foundation for Defense of Democracies (FDD), and its CEO Mark Dubowitz, accusing them of involvement “in designing, imposing and intensifying the impacts of economic terrorism against Iran.”
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In doing so, it said, they “have been seriously and actively trying to harm the Iranian people’s security and vital interests through measures such as fabricating and spreading lies, encouraging, providing consultations, lobbying, and launching a smear campaign.”
“Economic terrorism” is the regime’s phrase for U.S. sanctions, restored after President Trump exited the Iran nuclear deal last year.
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The FDD is a highly-regarded research institution with a strong focus on Iran policy but which also works on a range of other issues, including Turkey, China, Russia, North Korea, the United Nations, and terrorism.
State Department spokeswoman Morgan Ortagus said the U.S. was taking the regime’s “threats” against Americans seriously.
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“The outlaw regime in Iran issued a threat today against FDD, an American think tank, and its CEO,” she said. “The U.S. takes the regime’s threats seriously. We intend to hold Iran responsible for directly or indirectly compromising the safety of any American.”
Iran’s Mehr news agency said the FDD designation was based on a law passed in 2017 entitled “Countering America’s Human Rights Violation and Adventurous and Terrorist Actions.”
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The law was drafted in response to Trump’s signing in August of that year of the Countering Adversarial Nations Through Sanctions Act, which targets Iran as well as Russia and North Korea, and was the first U.S. legislation ever to punish the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) specifically for...
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