Feb 21, 2020 14:00 UTC
  • US fears democracy in Iran, will have to learn to respect it: Foreign Ministry

Foreign Ministry says new American sanctions targeting members of Iran's Guardian Council and its Elections Supervision Committee show that the US "fears democracy in Iran", and will have to learn to respect it.

"Those who imposed sanctions, economic terrorism and a campaign of 'maximum pressure' on more than 83 million Iranians - yet failed to achieve their goals - have now turned to targeting Iran's electoral establishments," Foreign Ministry Spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on Friday.

Noting that Iran has responded with "maximum resistance" against the US, Mousavi said "it is the Americans that will ultimately submit to the will of the Iranian nation and learn to engage with this honorable and enduring nation with respect".

On Thursday, the US imposed illegal sanctions on five senior members of Iran’s Guardian Council, which is responsible for supervising the electoral process in the country, including the parliamentary elections which are held across the country.

The sanctions have been ridiculed by Secretary of Iran's Guardian Council Ayatollah Ahmad Jannati, which was among the sanctioned officials.

"We can't go to the US for Christmas celebrations any longer," Ayatollah Jannati said on Friday.