Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate United Nations security council resolution

Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate United Nations security council resolution

Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate United Nations security council resolution

The Rodong Sinmun also ran a story on Wednesday appearing to support Iran's own recent pushback against the US, saying the "threats and sanctions regime can not affect the will and spirit of the Iranian people".

At current market rates, the imports are worth about $15bn.

But that has proven hard, and European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they can not risk their US business.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Tuesday (Aug 7), on the same day the U.S. reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic republic. 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.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani told the visiting North Korean foreign minister the US can not be trusted.

The surprise meeting comes as US-Iran relations are further strained amid the first wave of the US reinstated sanctions coming into force.

The general overseeing USA military operations in the Middle East said Wednesday that an Iranian naval exercise around the Strait of Hormuz was meant to send a message to Washington before it reimposed sanctions on Tehran.

Last month, Trump offered to meet Iran's leaders "without preconditions".

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Mr Trump abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which saw Iran limit its controversial nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, in May.

European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out.

"Today, the regime in Iran is at odds with world peace", the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said in a tweet".

Most Iranians see United States hostility as a basic fact of life, so their frustration is largely directed at their own leaders for not handling the situation better.

When talking about Iran's right to the Strait of Hormuz, Rouhani had commented that Americans "should know that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace, and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

There have been rumours that Trump and Rouhani could meet in NY in September on the sidelines of the UN General Assembly - though Rouhani reportedly rejected U.S. overtures for a meeting at last year's event.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the renewed sanctions as "an important moment for Israel, for the U.S., for the region, for the whole world". "I doubt that in the next two years we would see the collapse of the government or the regime in Tehran".

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