Trump moves to restrict senior Iranian officials from entering US

The Trump administration moved Thursday to restrict travel in the U.S. for top-ranking Iranian officials and their families, the latest in a series of crackdowns on Tehran from President TrumpDonald TrumpGraham says he hopes that Trump runs again Trump says Stacey Abrams 'might be better than existing governor' Kemp Executive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump MORE.

Secretary of State Mike PompeoMike PompeoRepublican lawmakers raise security, privacy concerns over Huawei cloud services WashPost fact-checker gives Pompeo four 'Pinocchios' for 'zombie' claim about Obama Iran deal Poll: Biden, Trump statistically tied in favorability MORE released a statement announcing a Trump proclamation "restricting entry into the United States for senior Iranian government officials and members of their families."


"For years, Iranian officials and their family members have quietly taken advantage of America’s freedom and prosperity, including excellent educational, employment, entertainment, and cultural opportunities in the United States," Pompeo said.

"No longer will elites reap the benefits of a free society while the Iranian people suffer under the regime’s corruption and mismanagement," he added in the statement.

The announcement comes after Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and other officials were granted temporary visas to attend the United Nations General Assembly summit in New York after it was initially unclear whether Iran's leaders would be granted authority to enter the U.S. in time.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week that his government would not negotiate with the Trump administration under any circumstances until sanctions are lifted, amid high tensions after the U.S. and other nations blamed Iran for attacks on oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.

“There will be no talks with the U.S. at any level ... all officials in the Islamic Republic unanimously believe this,” Khamenei said.

Iran's government has largely refused talks with the Trump administration following Trump's decision to exit an Obama-era nuclear pact signed by Iran and several European nations. Trump has imposed a series of sanctions on Iran after leaving the agreement, including on the nation's central bank last week.