The Trump administration on Friday moved to overturn an Obama-era travel ban that temporarily barred citizens from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States.
The Department of Homeland Security also revoked visas for the spouses of Iranian diplomats and their children.
The order also requires the State Department to expedite the issuing of visas to people of Iranian descent.
It also bars U.S. citizens and green card holders from Iran from entering, and blocks U.K. citizens from traveling to the U.A.E. on business.
“The administration’s actions are an abomination,” said David Shulkin, the acting secretary of the Treasury, in a statement.
The administration has repeatedly stated that the ban is necessary to protect the U.”
from a terrorist attack by Iranian-backed forces, and it has repeatedly sought to justify the ban’s constitutionality.
The White House says the revised order is necessary because the administration believes that the order is consistent with the president’s stated national security objectives, and that it will provide a path to eventual U.N. Security Council approval of a resolution that would condemn Iran’s ballistic missile program and its support for terrorism.
The revised order also says the U!
should not suspend its cooperation with the UNAIDS, the U!.
S.-led international relief organization that monitors the country’s human rights record, but that the U !
must ensure that Iran does not develop nuclear weapons.
A senior administration official said the revised executive order would give the State and Treasury departments more time to review the new requirements and determine if the order violates international law.
Under the Trump administration’s revised travel ban the government will allow travelers from Iran and six other countries to enter the United State on Friday, including those who already hold visas.
It would be the first time in history that visas for people from these six countries would be allowed to be extended beyond 90 days, which is the length of the Obama-backed ban.
The State Department and the Treasury are still evaluating the order, the official said.
An official familiar with the matter said the order would also allow people from those six countries who have a valid U.F.O. visa to enter and board commercial flights, but they would be subject to additional vetting.
In a statement, the White House defended the new order and said the president has spoken to Iran and has been clear that the United Kingdom must remain part of the UN.
It said the United Nations has the right to determine whether it will consider the new travel ban legitimate.
Iran has said the ban violates its right to self-determination and its national security, and is seeking a swift and final resolution.
On Saturday, U.U.N.’s secretary general said the new executive order “violates international law and undermines the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Iran and all countries that have been involved in the Iran nuclear program.”
General Assembly, which meets annually in New York, passed a resolution condemning Iran’s nuclear program and demanding an end to the ban.
A similar resolution was passed last month by the General Assembly.
But the UPA-led government in India was the first to pass a resolution on Friday calling on the U .
N. to lift the ban, calling it a “declaration of war” against India.