Iran has imposed sanctions on 61 more Americans, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, for supporting an Iranian dissident group, Tehran authorities said yesterday, quoted by Reuters.

Among those sanctioned on the Iranian Foreign Ministry's list for expressing support for the exiled dissident organization "People's Mujahideen" are former US President Donald Trump's personal lawyer - Rudy Giuliani - and former White House National Security Adviser John Bolton, Iranian state officials said. media.

Sanctions imposed in the past on dozens of Americans on various grounds allow Iranian authorities to seize any assets they own in Iran.

The measure, announced at a time when Democratic US President Joe Biden was wrapping up a tour of the Middle East, appears to be largely symbolic, as such assets are unlikely to exist, Reuters notes.

Giuliani, Pompeo and Bolton, all three Republicans, have been repeatedly reported to participate in "People's Mujahideen" events and have expressed their support for the organization.

Both Bolton and Pompeo served in the Trump administration.

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Tehran imposed sanctions on 51 Americans in January and then on 24 in April.

In November of last year, Iran began direct negotiations with the United States in Vienna to revive the nuclear agreement, which continued in June in Qatar, but have been stalled for months.

In 2018, Trump pulled out of the deal, calling it too soft on Iran, and reinstated harsh US sanctions, prompting Tehran to violate nuclear restrictions set out in the deal.

The Biden administration has pledged to support all Americans regardless of their differences on policy or policy.

"The United States will protect and defend its citizens. That includes those who serve the country now and those who have served in the past," a State Department spokesman said yesterday.

"We are united in our resolve against threats and provocations and will work with our allies and partners to deter and respond to any attacks carried out by Iran," the spokesman added.