President Trump takes action to restrict senior Iranian government officials and their immediate family members from entering the United States as bilateral tension continues to mount.
The president issued that proclamation Wednesday, barring those individuals from coming to the United States for travel, work, or study purposes.
According to the proclamation, “Iran arbitrarily detains United States citizens. The Iranian regime contributes to humanitarian crises, threatens its neighbors, threatens international shipping, and conducts destructive cyberattacks.”
The president continued by saying, “iven that this behavior threatens peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond, I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States.”
This decision comes shortly after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has continued to emphasize the Islamic Republic will only be open to talks with the U.S. if sanctions are dropped.
Earlier in the week, the Iranian president slammed the United States while addressing the United Nations General Assembly accusing it of trying to sabotage the country economically.
Meanwhile, both President Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo weighed in on the UN discussions this week calling it a very productive week.
Just last week, Iran issued a stark warning to the United States threatening “all out war” if the U.S. issues retaliation in response to recent attack on Saudi oil production.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made those remarks saying it still hopes to avoid military engagement, but it “won’t blink” to defend its territory.
Zarif continued by saying, “They’ve done whatever they [U.S.] could and they haven’t been able to bring us to our knees.”
The attack on Saudi oil production occurred earlier this month and reportedly involved drone strikes, which wiped out 5% of the world’s daily oil production prompting prices to soar across the globe.