Iran says a call by the US to impose sanctions on the top of its judiciary has “crossed a purple line”.
The overseas ministry vowed to retaliate, however didn’t say what kind such motion may take.
Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli-Larijani was amongst 14 people and entities focused over alleged rights abuses.
It got here as US President Donald Trump declared he would lengthen sanctions reduction for Iran over its nuclear deal one final time.
He stated he was giving Europe and the US “a final likelihood” to repair “horrible flaws” within the 2015 landmark settlement.
The White Home desires EU signatories to agree everlasting restrictions on Iran’s uranium enrichment. Below the present deal they’re set to run out in 2025.
Though the US has suspended sanctions towards Iran following the nuclear deal, it nonetheless imposes punitive measures over points equivalent to terrorism, human rights and ballistic missile improvement.
The US Treasury stated Ayatollah Amoli-Larijani was chargeable for the torture and degrading remedy of prisoners.
He was amongst those that had known as for a crackdown following a latest spate of anti-government protests in Iranian cities.
“The Trump regime’s hostile motion (towards Larijani)… crossed all purple traces of conduct within the worldwide group and is a violation of worldwide regulation and can certainly be answered by a critical response of the Islamic Republic,” the Iranian overseas ministry stated in a press release.
It accused Mr Trump of “persevering with to take hostile measures towards the Iranian folks and repeating the threats which have failed many instances”.
Mr Trump has repeatedly criticised the nuclear deal – reached underneath his predecessor Barack Obama – as “the worst ever”.
The waiver he’ll signal suspends sanctions for one more 120 days however he warned that if a brand new settlement was not made “the US won’t once more waive sanctions”.
“If at any time I decide that such an settlement is just not inside attain, I’ll withdraw from the deal instantly,” he stated.
Iran’s International Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif stated it was a “determined try” to undermine a “stable” deal.
Germany stated it might proceed to name for the deal’s full implementation and would seek the advice of on a “widespread means ahead” with the UK and France.