Without even the slightest hint of irony.
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran is considering imposing sanctions on U.S. officials for “human rights violations,” attempting to turn the tables after years of sanctions imposed by the West.
As European Union foreign ministers added 100 Iranian companies and individuals to a sanctions blacklist on Monday, Iran’s parliament was set to debate censuring 26 U.S. officials, Arman daily reported.
“Under this plan, 26 American officials who have a history of human rights violations in the world, including Iraq and Afghanistan, and who support terrorism.. will be sanctioned,” lawmaker Kazem Jalali was quoted as saying.
While the new EU sanctions agreed on Monday are aimed at pressuring Iran to curb its nuclear activities, the measures being discussed in Tehran are a response to a U.S. move last year to punish Iranians who Washington said were involved in human rights abuses during mass protests in 2009.