Washington on Wednesday listed Haneya on the list of terrorism, in two decisions Made by the State of Department and the State of Treasury.
It added that Hamas has been responsible for an estimated 17 American lives killed in terrorist attacks.
In a meeting with the representative of the Palestinian Islamic Resistance Movement Hamas, held in Tehran on Tuesday, Hossein Amir Abdollahian described Hamas and Islamic Jihad Movement in Palestine as two pillars of resistance against the Zionist regime of Israel.
"Today's actions are an important step in denying them the resources they need to plan and carry out their terrorist activities", he added, making the USA the first country besides Israel to designate Haniyeh as a terrorist.
The U.S. on Wednesday listed the head of the Palestinian movement, Hamas, as a "specially designated global terrorist" and imposed sanctions on him, Anadolu Agency reports. The decision imposes sanctions on Haniyeh and another Gaza-based terrorist organization that freeze their assets within the United States and prevent U.S. citizens from conducting business with the newly designated terrorists.
Hamas - which has controlled the Gaza Strip for more than a decade - had already been on the U.S. terror blacklist since 1997.
According to Newsweek, he's also said to have ties to the Lebanese militant group Hezbollah, a proxy group of Iran, as well as its leader, Hassan Nasrallah. The group receives military support from Iran.
Haniyeh has become one of the most prominent figures in Palestine to criticize President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
"Today's actions are an important step in denying them the resources they need to plan and carry out their terrorist activities", he added.
"It is obvious that this animosity from the USA administration towards the Palestinians is unprecedented - with its unconditional support of Israel and its decision surrounding Jerusalem, and cutting its funding to the United Nations refugee agency [UNRWA]", said Hamad. Hamas leader had expressed their support for forces fighting against Syrian President Bashar al-Assad. Born in a refugee camp in Gaza, the leader has always been seen as pragmatic and flexible in his attitudes towards Israel, and support for a Palestinian state alongside the Israeli one. Washington says the new embassy will open in Jerusalem in 2019.