As Iran threatens to place a travel ban on Americans, the Trump administration reemphasized warnings against travel to Iran by U.S. citizens, according to the Washington Free Beacon.
Iran’s ban implementation is part of a set of steps against the U.S. in response to the White House’s latest immigration order, which temporarily halts all immigration from Iran and other nations designated as terrorism hotspots while the U.S. takes action to strengthen its vetting procedures.
This move by Iran is one in a long strand of actions that has led the Trump administration to hold “Iran accountable for its behavior.” This includes dangerous conduct such as test-firing illicit ballistic missile technology and continued harassment of U.S. vessels.
A State Department official said that the travel ban on U.S. citizens could result in new sanctions on Iran.
The official also stated, “Generally, all U.S. citizens, especially dual nationals considering travel to Iran, should carefully read our latest travel warning.”
In addition, “Iranian authorities continue to unjustly detain and imprison U.S. citizens, particularly Iranian-Americans, including students, journalists, business travelers, and academics, on charges including espionage and posing a threat to national security.”
By detaining U.S. citizens, Iran is attempting to gain leverage over America and force further concessions, such as access to international financial markets and reduced sanctions.
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