On Wednesday, the United States President Donald Trump has given the State Department the power to bar senior officials from Iran and their family members from entering the United States of America as immigrants or non-immigrants, said the White House in a proclamation.
The proclamation is posted on the official website of the White House, repeated the accusations of the United States that Iran has sponsored terrorism, arbitrarily detains citizens of the US, threatened its neighbours to carries out destructive cyber attacks.
President Trump said in the proclamation, “Given that this behaviour 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, as immigrants or non-immigrants, of senior government officials of Iran, and their immediate family members.”
However, Iranian Officials weren’t available to comment. The US-Iranian confrontation has risen since 2018, when the US President has withdrawn the nation from the 2015 Nuclear Deal with major powers and reimposed sanctions that have hampered the economy of Iran. President Trump wanted to reach beyond that deal to further curb nuclear program with Iran, stop its ballistic missile plan and end its support for substitute forces in the Middle East.
However, it was unknown why Donald Trump chose to issue the proclamation. Earlier, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has said that the US would have to “pay more” if it wanted a wider deal and decline meeting with President Trump for now. Both are present in New York for the Annual United Nations General Assembly Session of world leaders.
While speaking on the condition of anonymity, a spokesperson of the State Department has said that “the government of Iran is the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism. The regime has destabilized the Persian Gulf region with attacks on oil and shipping infrastructure,” adding that “their support for the (rebel) Houthis in Yemen and Shia militias in Iraq and Syria contribute to the regional instability and the humanitarian crises in those countries. The Iranian regime continues to suppress ethnic and religious minorities as well as unjustly detain foreign citizens to perpetuate their foreign policy aims.”
She continued, “Allowing senior Iranian regime officials or their family members to continue to travel to the United States would be counter to our interests and be seen as turning a blind eye to these actions.”
President Trump offered the authority to decide who would be covered by the proclamation to the Secretary of State, or whomever she or he designates.
President Trump further offered exceptions, claiming that among others the rule would not apply to permanent residents of America, those granted asylum or refugees already admitted to the US. He further offered possible exceptions for people whose entry “would further important…law enforcement objectives.”