Iran announced Saturday that they are banning United States citizens from traveling to their country in retaliation to President Donald Trump signing an executive order on Friday barring people from seven Muslim-majority countries from traveling to the U.S., including Iran.
“While respecting the American people and distinguishing between them and the hostile policies of the U.S. government, Iran will implement the principle of reciprocity until the offensive U.S. limitations against Iranian nationals are lifted,” a spokesman for Tehran’s foreign ministry said in a statement, according to Reuters.
“The restrictions against travel by Muslims to America… are an open affront against the Muslim world and the Iranian nation in particular and will be known as a great gift to extremists,” the statement added.
Trump’s executive order temporarily halts the refugee resettlement program for 120 days and bans people from Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia from traveling to the U.S.
According to the Times of Israel, Iran’s foreign ministry also labeled Trump’s executive order “illegal, illogical and contrary to international rules.”
The effects of the executive order are already being felt across the nation. Two Iraqi refugees, who worked on behalf of the U.S. in their home land, were detained at New York’s JFK airport late Friday night upon their arrival to the U.S. Ten other refugees were also being held at JFK as of Saturday afternoon.