Lebanon speaker condemns US sanctions on lawmakers

This combination of three photo shows, from left, Wafiq Safa, a top Hezbollah security official, and Lebanon Parliament members Muhammad Hasan Ra'd an...
In this May 23, 2018 photo, Amin Sherri, a Lebanese lawmaker of the Hezbollah bloc, enters parliament for the election of the house speaker in Beirut,...
In this May 23, 2018 photo, Muhammad Hasan Ra'd, the head of the Hezbollah lawmakers bloc, enters parliament for the election of the house speaker in ...

This combination of three photo shows, from left, Wafiq Safa, a top Hezbollah security official, and Lebanon Parliament members Muhammad Hasan Ra'd an...

In this May 23, 2018 photo, Amin Sherri, a Lebanese lawmaker of the Hezbollah bloc, enters parliament for the election of the house speaker in Beirut,...

In this May 23, 2018 photo, Muhammad Hasan Ra'd, the head of the Hezbollah lawmakers bloc, enters parliament for the election of the house speaker in ...

BEIRUT (AP) — Lebanon's parliament speaker says new U.S. sanctions targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers are an aggression against the whole country.

Nabih Berri's comments were carried by Hezbollah's Al-Manar TV on Wednesday, a day after the U.S. Treasury Department said it is targeting two Hezbollah lawmakers and a security official suspected of using their positions to further the aims of the Iran-backed militant group.

It's the first time the U.S. has targeted lawmakers currently seated in Lebanon's parliament. Hezbollah and its allies won a majority in 2018 elections and the group has three Cabinet seats, the largest number it has ever controlled.

Berri, a Hezbollah ally, says the sanctions are an attack on Lebanese democracy, calling on the Geneva-based Inter-Parliamentary Union to take the necessary measures regarding the "irrational behavior."