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Iranian president tells North Korea that U.S. is ‘untrustworthy’

10 August 2018
Iranian president tells North Korea that U.S. is ‘untrustworthy’

China and Russian Federation have repudiated new USA sanctions on Iran, pledging to maintain trade ties with Tehran after President Donald Trump warned countries against doing business with the Islamic Republic. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.

Heiko Maas said ongoing unrest in Iran - worsened by the sanctions imposed on Monday - could 'boost radical and fundamentalist forces'.

"These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level", Trump tweeted.

"I congratulate President Trump and the U.S. administration for making the important decision to impose sanctions on Iran". They target US dollar financial transactions, Iran's automotive sector and the purchase of commercial planes and metals, including gold.

Last week, Tehran also appeared to rebuff a comment from Trump suggesting he would be open to meeting Iranian President Hassan Rouhani.

"China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction", the Chinese foreign ministry said. "Trump will learn that these kinds of pressures did not surrender Iranians in the past and will never do so in the future".

However, most of the other countries that signed the nuclear deal -including many in Europe-continue to support it.

"The secretary-general has, himself, repeatedly discussed the importance of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action as one of the key diplomatic achievements of recent years".

Rouhani claimed President Trump's exit from the nuclear deal revealed what he calls "America's lack of commitment to global obligations".

Votel said he saw Qassem Soleimani, who heads the external operations Quds Force for Iran's Revolutionary Guards, as being responsible for the exercise.

"Businesses are fleeing the Iranian market", Hagee asserted.

A number of German officials issued statements on Wednesday related to new United States sanctions on Iran, saying they consider those sanctions to be in violation of worldwide law, in that they are meant to have wholly extraterritorial effects.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country will not oppose third-country mediation between the USA and Iran.

Netanyahu also expressed hope that the European Union would follow the American example and would join Trump's efforts to reverse the Obama Administration's premature lifting of sanctions in 2016.

Treier said many of Germany's trading partners were affected by the USA measures and their effects, which was, in turn, hurting business with German companies.

Rouhani in a meeting with visiting North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-hu on Wednesday again criticized the US for its withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

On Tuesday - when the United States reintroduced its bans on Iran - the Russian Foreign Ministry released a statement and criticized the USA for violating UN Security Council Resolution 2231 that endorsed the Iran deal. Critics accused him of mismanagement and blamed him for the country's recent economic problems, which have been exacerbated by the restoration of USA sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Iran's regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia have welcomed the tough new United States policy.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Washington as well, saying that Syria supports Iran in the face of the "aggressive" US policies.

Earlier this year, US military commanders in the Middle East were puzzled to note that a unsafe trend of Iranian small boats harassing Navy vessels in the Persian Gulf had suddenly and unexpectedly come to a halt.

India had used the rupee-rial arrangement to buy Iranian oil before USA sanctions were lifted against Iran in 2016.