Published: Thu, August 09, 2018

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

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

North Korean state media lashed out at the US 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".

In November, a second batch of potentially more damaging sanctions will be reinstated on Iran's port operators, and the energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors.

Despite Trump's threats of retribution against companies operating in the Iranian market, the European Union on Monday issued a "blocking statute" to protect European businesses from the impact of the sanctions.

Countries like Russia, China and Turkey, however, have said that they would not abide by the United States sanctions, and would continue to trade with Iran.

Signed in 2015, the landmark deal was meant to lift sanctions against Iran in return for curbs in its nuclear programme.

"The US withdrawal from JCPOA and re-imposition of its sanctions is a serious breach of its legal obligations under the United Nations Charter, which entails its global responsibility".

The high-level meeting follows the reimposition of sanctions on Iran by the us on Tuesday, which a White House statement said targeted the country's energy sector and foreign financial institutions doing business with the Central Bank of Iran.


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

On Wednesday, China's foreign ministry said it opposed the US' "unilateral sanctions" and "long-armed jurisdiction", adding its business ties with Iran were "open, transparent and lawful".

Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was cited by an Iranian newspaper, as saying that a USA plan to stop Iranian oil exports will not succeed.

In an interview with the Iran newspaper published on Wednesday, Mr Zarif said the Trump administration's stated aim of cutting Iranian oil exports to zero was "meaningless" and "impossible".

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

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in United States relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country.

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