PressTV-‘US sanctions Iran to take spotlight off Khashoggi murder’

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the US’s fresh sanctions against Iran aim to deflect global attention from the murder of Saudi dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi and Riyadh’s crimes in Yemen.  

In a post on his official Twitter account on Wednesday, Zarif hit out at the US for imposing sanctions on Iran over allegedly supporting the Taliban, an anti-Iran militant group with which Washington is seeking negotiations.

The US Treasury Department on Tuesday imposed sanctions against eight individuals, including two allegedly linked to the Quds Force of Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) and accused Iran of providing material and financial support to the militants and supporting terrorism.

Zarif said the US sanctions meant to protect Saudi Arabia and divert attention from Khashoggi’s murder and Yemen’s war.

“To deflect from headlines on Saudi brutality in Istanbul and across Yemen, US Treasury—while…

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