Sullivan warns Iran of ‘severe consequences’ if American citizens are attacked

White House nationwide safety adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanPardoning South Korea’s former president places the US in a fragile place Iran nuclear talks to restart subsequent week Overnight Defense & National Security — Biden mobilizes army assist amid virus surge MORE on Sunday warned Iran that it could face “critical penalties” if any U.S. citizens are attacked after Iranian officers sanctioned a number of Americans.

“Yesterday, Iran presupposed to impose sanctions on 52 Americans. They accomplish that as Iran’s proxy militias proceed to assault American troops within the Middle East, and as Iranian officers threaten to hold out terror operations contained in the United States and elsewhere around the globe,”  Sullivan stated in an announcement.

“Make no mistake: the United States of America will defend and defend its citizens. This contains these serving the United States now and those that previously served,” he added.

On Saturday, Iran sanctioned greater than 50 Americans for the 2020 killing of General Qassem Soleimani. 


According to the Iranian Foreign Ministry, the sanctioned Americans have been focused as a result of “their position within the terrorist crime by the United States towards the martyred General Qassem Soleimani and his companions and the promotion of terrorism and violations of elementary human rights.”

The sanctions will permit Iran to grab any belongings that these Americans have in Iran, although Reuters noted this transfer could also be largely symbolic .

Among those that have been sanctioned by Iran embrace the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Gen. Mark MilleyMark MilleyCheney confirms she instructed Jim Jordan on Jan. 6 ‘Get away from me. You f—ing did this’ The high political books of 2021 The classes of China’s WTO accession, 20 years later MORE, and former nationwide safety adviser Robert O’BrienRobert O’BrienWatchdog cites 13 Trump officers who violated Hatch Act earlier than 2020 election Lawmakers pay tribute to Colin Powell Trump’s final nationwide safety adviser endorses JD Vance in Ohio Senate race MORE.

The 2020 killing of Soleimani was ordered underneath the Trump administration. Last week, Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi known as for former President TrumpDonald TrumpFox News tops rankings for protection on Jan. 6 anniversary occasions Sunday exhibits preview: Congress marks Jan. 6 anniversary; US, Russia to carry talks amid rising tensions Democrats should shut the notion hole MORE to face trial over Soleimani’s demise or Tehran would retaliate.


“We have our disagreements on Iran coverage,” Sullivan stated on Sunday. “But we are united in our resolve towards threats and provocations. We are united within the protection of our individuals.”

“We will work with our allies and companions to discourage and reply to any assaults carried out by Iran. Should Iran assault any of our nationals, together with any of the 52 individuals named yesterday, it should face extreme penalties,” stated Sullivan.

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