Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif: US will not stop Iran oil exports


"Our policy is based on a clear-eyed assessment of the Iranian dictatorship, its sponsorship of terrorism, and its continuing aggression in the Middle East and all around the world", President Trump stated.

"You have all these different pressures and people are getting upset and for the most part, from what we can tell, they're blaming the regime and they're not really blaming the U.S.", Politico foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi said on the Bill Press Show.

The Trump tactics have deepened an already serious economic crisis in Iran, fuelling protests around the country.

Trump's May withdrawal from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran had spooked investors and triggered a run on the Iranian rial long before the punishing sanctions went back into force.

"It symbolizes the determination to curb Iran's regional aggression and its ongoing plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons", said Netanyahu in a video released Monday, moments after Trump signed new sanctions into law.

The first round of reimposed USA sanctions targeting Iran's aviation and auto industries, as well as its banking system snapped back on Tuesday.

Votel said that Iran has the capability to plant mines and explosive boats and employ costal defense missiles in and around the global waterway.

His visit to Iran is the first by a high-ranking DPRK delegation since August a year ago, when President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam and vice foreign minister Choe Hui Chol spent several days in the country.

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The first wave of U.S. sanctions took effect on Tuesday.

European governments - who signed the Iran nuclear deal along with Washington - are infuriated by Trump's strategy that has prompted many of their large firms to leave Iran for fear of U.S. penalties. Donald Trump claimed they were "the most biting ever imposed" and warned that in November, sanctions would "ratchet up to yet another level" with an embargo on Iranian oil and blanket sanctions on Iranian banks. "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" tweeted the President.

Meanwhile, Italian Foreign Minister Moavero Milanesi said that "agreements have to be respected".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that a US plan to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero will not succeed, according to the Iran state newspaper.

On Tuesday, the USA reinstated sanctions targeting the Iranian government's purchase of United States dollars, Iran's trade in gold and other precious metals, and its automotive sector.

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Beijing reaffirmed its stance on USA sanctions at a sensitive time in Sino-American relations, full of trade disputes and China's repeated accusations that Trump is pursuing unfair protectionist policies.