Publicado: Jue, Agosto 09, 2018
Global | Por Milagro Delgado

Iran sanctions: United States can't stop our oil exports, says minister

Iran sanctions: United States can't stop our oil exports, says minister

Donald Trump brought back the punishing sanctions after unilaterally pulling out of a landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and Western powers to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"We still think that it is a mistake to give up on the nuclear accord with Iran", Maas said in an interview with the daily Passauer Neue Presse.

"But now, all the countries in the world are supporting Iran".

Trump has said he is ready to hold talks with Iranian leaders, without preconditions but meanwhile, his administration has vowed to press on with its pressure campaign.

"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.

North Korean state media lashed out at the USA on Monday for its determination to maintain sanctions against the DPRK while negotiations on its nuclear program are ongoing, describing it as the "tragicomedy of the century".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani - who insists that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful - has accused Mr Trump of waging "psychological warfare", and ruled out face-to-face talks with him while the sanctions remain in place.

The first wave of U.S. sanctions took effect on Tuesday. Even stronger sanctions targeting Iran's oil sector and central bank are to be re-imposed in early November. "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less".

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In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect on Tuesday, Rouhani rejected negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal.

The US is now also pushing Pyongyang to scrap its nuclear capabilities after Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un agreed a vague commitment to "denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" at their landmark summit in June.

British Foreign Office Minister Alastair Burt said that the "Americans have really not got this right".

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country will not oppose third-country mediation between the USA and Iran. "Our crews that are on board our ships are well rehearsed, well prepared by the U.S. Navy when they come into our area", Votel said.

Russia's foreign ministry said it was "deeply disappointed" by the return of sanctions, adding that it would do "everything necessary" to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

"Prices are rising again, but the reason is government corruption, not U.S. sanctions", said Ali, a 35-year-old decorator in Tehran.

Beijing reaffirmed its stance on U.S. 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.

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