Iran has blacklisted the US Foundation for Defence of Democracies policy institute and its head, Mark Dubowitz, for its anti-Iranian rhetoric intended to increase US economic pressure on Tehran, Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Saturday, APA rpeorts quoting sputniknews.
According to the ministry's statement, Tehran has made the decision to sanction the institute and Dubowitz for allegedly spreading anti-Iranian propaganda that supports US "economic terrorism" against the Middle Eastern country.
Tensions between Iran and the US escalated last year following President Donald Trump's decision to unilaterally withdraw his country from the nuclear deal (JCPOA) signed in 2015 and reimpose economic sanctions on Tehran. Later, Iran partially suspended its obligations under the deal and started to enrich uranium beyond the level outlined by the JCPOA. The US sent an aircraft carrier strike group to the Gulf in what it described as a "clear message" to Tehran following Iran's suspension of some of the deal's obligations.