Tehran slams US for blocking entry to Iranian singer

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The US government has a clear record of breaching international laws and human rights standards despite the claims for “goodwill,” Ali Bahadori Jahromi added….reports Asian Lite News

The US fresh sanctions against Iran and its blocking the entry of an Iranian singer is a sign of “hostility” against the Iranian people, Iran’s government spokesman Ali Bahadori Jahromi has said.

“By imposing new sanctions and preventing an Iranian singer from entering (the United States) under false pretenses, it has once again shown that it is hostile to the people of Iran in all circumstances,” Bahadori Jahromi tweeted on Saturday.

The US government has a clear record of breaching international laws and human rights standards despite the claims for “goodwill,” he added.

Amid the international efforts to reach an agreement with Iran to revive the 2015 nuclear deal, US Treasury Department on Wednesday announced new sanctions against an Iranian individual and his network of companies that Washington accuses of procuring materials for Iran’s research and development of ballistic missiles, Xinhua news agency reported.

However, media reports said Iranian traditional vocalist Alireza Ghorbani could not perform in California last week after US intelligence agents interrogated him for hours and denied him entry allegedly for his military service decades ago in Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps.

Earlier, Iranian Foreign Minister Hossein Amir Abdollahian said the US must give up its excessive demands so that “strenuous efforts in Vienna to get all sides to return to their commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal will pay off”.

Elaborating on the present situation of the negotiations in the Austrian capital, the Minister said the achievement of an agreement in the talks hinges on Washington’s adoption of a realistic approach, reports Xinhua news agency.

In terms of bilateral ties between Iran and Qatar, Amir Abdollahian called for expanding bilateral economic cooperation, and following up on the implementation of the previously signed agreements.

Iran signed the nuclear deal, formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), with the world powers in July 2015.

However, former US President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the agreement in May 2018 and reimposed Washington’s unilateral sanctions on Tehran, prompting the Islamic republic to reduce some of its nuclear commitments under the agreement in retaliation.

Since April 2021, eight rounds of talks have been held in the Austrian capital between Iran and the remaining JCPOA parties, namely China, Russia, the UK, France and Germany, with the US indirectly involved, to revive the deal.

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