TEHRAN (Dispatches) -- Iran dismissed on Thursday new U.S. sanctions on several Iranian officials, saying they were a sign of the complete inefficiency of Washington’s previous sanctions on the Islamic Republic.
"Washington’s fruitless and repetitive sanctions against Iranian officials is a sign of weakness, despair and confusion of the U.S. administration,” Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
The United States on Wednesday imposed sanctions on several Iranian authorities, including the interior minister, accusing them of human rights abuses.
Mousavi said the he sanctions had been designed "based on constant illusions and under the influence of incompetent advisers”.
The measures violate Security Council Resolution 2231, which has endorsed the 2015 multilateral nuclear deal, calling on the world community to "hold the U.S. accountable for its blatant violations” of international regulations, he added.
By imposing and enforcing the sanctions, Mousavi said, the United States has also turned a blind eye to international norms and directly targeted individuals and institutions that help promote internal and regional security.
Tensions have soared between Iran and the U.S. since President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of the 2015 nuclear deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
Since scrapping the JCPOA in May 2018, the Trump administration has unleashed its "toughest ever” sanctions against Iran.