Washington: US President Donald Trump has said he is imposing hard-hitting new sanctions on Iran, including on the office of the country’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
A BBC News report on Monday said Mr Trump said the additional sanctions were in response to the shooting down of a US drone and “many other things”.
Ayatollah Khamenei, Iran’s highest authority, was singled out because he was “ultimately responsible for the hostile conduct of the regime”.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said the Americans “despise diplomacy”.
In a tweet sent after the announcement, Mr Zarif also accused the Trump administration of having a “thirst for war”.