Iran and US beef gets stronger as all United States wrestlers on Friday were banned from traveling to Iran by the government as a result of president Trump’s previous executive actions.
Iran banned U.S. wrestlers from participating in the Freestyle World Cup competition this month in response to President Donald Trump’s executive order forbidding visas for Iranians, the official IRNA news agency reported.
A senior Iranian cleric vowed, meanwhile, that his country would continue its missile program, despite threats from the Trump administration that it was preparing to levy new sanctions.
IRNA quoted Iran’s foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi as saying a special committee reviewed the case of the U.S. wrestling team and “Eventually the visit by the U.S. freestyle wrestling team was opposed.”
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The decision marks the first action taken by Iran in response to Trump’s executive order banning visas for seven Muslim countries. Earlier this week, Iran said it would take retaliatory action.
What you should about the Freestyle World Cup competitions
The United States has been competing in this competition since the 1998 Takhti Cup in Tehran but later it ran cold for nearly 20 years. Since then, Americans have attended Iran-hosted wrestling competitions 15 times.
The Iranians, for their part, have made 16 visits to the U.S. as guests of USA Wrestling since the 1990s.
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