US ban on Iranian officials 'childish'
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani
Iranian Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani has condemned the latest US sanctions against eight senior Iranian officials, saying the move was a "kid's game."
The Iranian official described the recent move by US officials to refuse visas and blockade [US] assets of Iranian officials as "so cheap and meaningless," adding that such behavior is deemed on the international scene as "chidish game," ISNA reported on Sunday.
"Block assets of all Iranian officials. It may temporarily ease your pain following your repeated failures in the region," he said, addressing US authorities.
Larijani's remarks came after the US government imposed sanctions on eight senior Iranian officials, accusing them of human rights abuses during the Western-led post-election unrest following Iran's last presidential elections over a year ago.
The executive order, signed this week by US President Barack Obama, imposes financial and travel restrictions on the Iranian authorities.
Some of the sanctioned officials mocked and joked about the US move against them in brief televised comments aired Saturday evening. One of the officials jokingly pleaded with US authorities to reveal the balance of his US accounts so that he may later put claims on them.