Trump Administration Warns Against Iran TravelPosted: March 8, 2017
Iran seeking revenge for Trump’s halt on immigration
Adam Kredo reports: The Trump administration is emphasizing warnings against travel to Iran by U.S. citizens in light of the Islamic Republic‘s latest effort to implement a travel ban on Americans, which comes in response to the White House’s new immigration order temporarily halting all immigration from Iran and several other Muslim-majority nations designated as terrorism hotspots, according to U.S. officials.
Iranian officials announced this week that they are poised to implement their own travel ban on U.S. individuals and entities they described as aiding “terrorist groups or [helping] regional dictatorial rulers crack down on their nations,” according to comments carried in the country’s state-controlled media.
Iran said the effort is part of a package of reprisals against the United States for the Trump administration’s latest immigration order, which stops Iranian citizens and others from entering the United States for several months as American authorities seek to strengthen vetting procedures.
When questioned about Iran’s potential travel ban on Monday, a State Department official confirmed to the Washington Free Beacon that the Trump administration is aware of the effort and emphasized current warnings against travel to Iran by U.S. citizens.
The official also disclosed that the Trump administration is taking steps to hold “Iran accountable for its behavior,” which includes the test firing of illicit ballistic missile technology, the continued harassment of U.S. vessels operating in the region, and other provocative actions. New sanctions on Iran could be implemented as a result of this behavior, according to the official.
The comments signal a departure from the Obama administration, which refrained from implementing any new sanctions on Iran as part of an effort to preserve the nuclear agreement and avoid upsetting the Islamic Republic. … (read more)