US Imposes Sanctions On Iran’s Foreign Minister ✖

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Trump slaps sanctions on Mohammad Javad Zarif 

The Treasury Department stated the sanctions were imposed because the Foreign Minister represents Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin claimed that, “Zarif spreads the [Iranian] regime’s propaganda.”

How did Tehran respond?

Tehran called the US’s actions “childish.” Zarif added that the fresh sanctions will fail to affect him. Iranian President Hasan Rouhani asserted that Washington has been “shaken by the words and logic of an informed, devoted and diplomatic individual.”


Fox News: John Bolton: we consider Iranian Foreign Minister Zarif an illegitimate spokesman for Iran

Daily Wire: HAMMER: BAD TRUMP: Administration would be dead wrong to once again cave on Iran nuclear waivers

The right prioritizes American officials as sources, in sharp contrast. Some articles will repeatedly quote National Security Advisor John Bolton, whose critics have deemed a jingoist and hawkish on Iran. Far right outlets allege Zarif to have held secret meetings with Democrats. These pieces often regard Iran’s government as an “extremist regime.” Some articles use no Iranian sources. 


NPR: Rouhani criticizes U.S. move to sanction Iran's Foreign Minister

Bloomberg: The confusing sanctions against Iran’s Foreign Minister

The left often uses multiple Iranian sources for their articles. Some liberal outlets prioritize Iranian sources over American ones, sometimes starting articles with Zarif’s response. Other articles dredge up the US’s withdrawal from the 2015 Iran Nuclear Deal and the US’s sharp shift in its Iran policy. 

Where's the common ground?

Common ground between the left and right is thin. Generally, the center right and left publications will equally source Washington and Tehran’s responses. Some British conservative outlets are dubious of these fresh sanctions and will criticize Trump as “escalating tensions.” 

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