Iran denounces new US sanctions

The United States announced sanctions that mainly target the Ministry of Intelligence

Iran on Saturday strongly condemned the decision of the United States to impose new sanctions against its intelligence ministry accused of being responsible for a massive cyberattack that targeted Albania.

Albania, a Balkan ally of the United States in NATO, severed its relations with Iran on September 7, which it held responsible for the cyberattacks which aimed in July to destroy the digital infrastructures of its government, but which failed according to Tirana.

The United States, an enemy of Iran, has announced sanctions that mainly target the Iranian Ministry of Intelligence and its minister Esmail Khatib, accusing them of overseeing several cyber espionage and hacking networks around the world.

Iran, meanwhile, dismissed accusations of the cyberattacks as “unfounded” and called Tirana’s severance of relations a “misguided and reckless” action.

“Foreign Affairs strongly condemns the US Treasury’s decision to re-sanction the Islamic Republic of Iran’s Intelligence Ministry,” Iranian ministry spokesman Nasser Kanani said in a statement.

“America’s immediate support for the false accusation of the Albanian government…shows that the designer of this scenario is not Albania but the US government,” he added.

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