According to the State Department, three US diplomats have carried out “acts of terror” against Tehran’s interests in Iraq.

Iran imposed sanctions on the US ambassador to Iraq for citing American “terrorist” acts against his interests after Washington blacklisted Tehran’s envoy in Baghdad.

Matthew Tueller and two other US diplomats in Iraq have “effectively organized, funded, conducted and committed acts of terrorism against the interests of the government or citizens,” the State Department said in a statement posted on Twitter on Friday.

She accused her of being involved in the assassination of top Iranian general Qassem Soleimani in a US drone attack near Baghdad airport in January, of “assisting extremist and terrorist groups” and of implementing US sanctions against Iran be.

The other two diplomats are Tueller’s deputy Steve Fagin and Rob Waller, head of the US consulate in Erbil, the capital of the Kurdish region in northern Iraq.

“Anti-Iran steps will not go unanswered,” Iranian Foreign Minister Saeed Khatibzadeh wrote on Twitter with the attached statement.

US Amb. Matthew Tueller to Iraq has played a pivotal role in coordinating terrorist acts in Iraq and beyond, in the criminal murder of General Soleimani, and in promoting Sanx against our people. Today Iran named him and two other officials involved.

Anti-Iran steps do not go unanswered. pic.twitter.com/4BTc16S7TK

– Saeed Khatibzadeh (@SKhatibzadeh) October 23, 2020

Washington on Thursday imposed new sanctions on five Iranian units for “bold attempts” to disrupt the November 3rd US elections, with Tehran firmly denying the allegations.

The US has also blacklisted Tehran’s envoy to Baghdad, Iraj Masjedi, as a “close adviser” to Soleimani.

In response, Masjedi told the state media that he was “pleased to hear the news” that the “terrorist and criminal regime of the US has put me back on the list of unjust sanctions alongside 80 million Iranians.”

Tensions between arch enemies Tehran and Washington have increased since US President Donald Trump stepped down from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and the world powers and reinstated sanctions.

Fears of outright conflict arose in January when Soleimani, who headed the Quds Force of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard, was killed.

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