Date :Tuesday, November 6th, 2018 | Time : 16:02 |ID: 77096 | Print

Rouhani: Iran will break unjust US sanctions

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SHAFAQNAIranian President Hassan Rouhani referred US as a “bullying power”, saying Iran will “proudly bypass “illegal” and “unjust” sanctions because it’s against international regulations.

The most biting round of sanctions since US President Donald Trump pulled out of the landmark 2015 deal to curtail Iran’s nuclear program came into force Monday. The move targets Iran’s oil-and-gas, shipbuilding, shipping and banking industries.

Iran will “proudly break the unjust sanctions,” Rouhani said in public remarks during a cabinet meeting on Monday. “We must make the Americans understand in clear language that they cannot deal with us with force, pressure and sanctions.”

Last week, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced that eight “jurisdictions” would receive temporary waivers from energy-related sanctions. Some of these are believed to be some of the largest recipients of Iranian oil exports, potentially curbing the effects of the sanctions, CNN reported.

Penalties targeting the country’s oil-and-gas sector went into effect on Monday. With Monday’s action, the U.S. Treasury and State departments essentially blacklisted more than 700 Iranian firms and individuals, USA TODAY noticed.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a tweet slammed US for its blind sanctions on the Iranian people and bodies.

“In a desperate PSYOP to amplify the list of sanctioned Iranian entities—unintentionally also proving it is #Targeting Ordinary Iranians indiscriminately—the U.S. designated a bank that was closed 6 years ago, and a ship that sank last year in a widely televised saga”, Zarif tweeted on Monday.

The Iranian ship Sanchi which was randomly sanctioned by US administration was carrying over 130,000 tons of gas condensates, en route to South Korea when it collided with a Chinese freighter in East China Coast on January 6.

“The United States has granted exemptions to eight countries allowing them to temporarily continue buying Iranian oil”, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday as Washington reimposed sanctions on Iran’s banking, energy and shipping industries, yenisafak reported.

“America wanted to cut to zero Iran’s oil sales…but we will continue to sell our oil…to break sanctions,” Rouhani told economists, adding the sanctions were illegal and unfair.

“This is an economic war against Iran but… America should learn that it cannot use the language of force against Iran … We are prepared to resist any pressure,” Rouhani said.

Al Jazeera’s Zein Basravi, reporting from Tehran, said the strong talk coming from Iran was a defence strategy.

“Many Iranians we speak to tell us consistently that they have come to learn the only language the US understands is the language of strength.”

Rouhani said the US has become ever isolated, as you can see how few countries are now supporting the US acts.

“We have gained political and legal achievements, and have won public opinion,” the president said, adding that when the US insists on something but the entire European Union resists it, this means diplomatic and foreign policy victory for Iran.

The European allies of the US are also wishing that the office of the current US administration become increasingly shorter, Rouhani said, adding that his European counterparts have told him, IRNA reported.

Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman, Qasemi, said on Monday Iran is in constant contact with other signatories of the nuclear deal that saw most international financial and economic sanctions on Iran lifted in return for Tehran curbing its disputed nuclear activity under UN surveillance.

“We are in regular contact with other signatories of the nuclear deal … setting up mechanisms to continue trade with the European Union will take time,” Qasemi told a weekly news conference in Tehran.

Zarif : sanctions ‘backfiring’, isolating U.S

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Monday that new U.S. sanctions were “backfiring”, making Washington more isolated, not the Islamic Republic.

“Today, US defied UN top court and Security Council by reimposing sanctions on Iran that target ordinary people. But US bullying is backfiring… The US — and not Iran — is isolated.” Zarif said in a tweet, Reuters mentioned.

Last month the top UN judiciary body ruled that the sanctions are against the international obligation of the US and violates a treaty it had signed with Iran in the 1950s.

Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif blasted the United States on Monday for reintroducing sanctions against Tehran and insisted Washington’s decision is “backfiring” and will cause more harm to the US than to Iran.

“Today, US defied UN top court & Security Council by reimposing sanctions on Iran that target ordinary people. But US bullying is backfiring, not just because JCPOA is important, but because the world can’t allow Trump & Co. to destroy global order. The US—& not Iran—is isolated,” Zarif said in a tweet, teletrader noticed.

The world has accepted the power of Iranian diplomacy

Zarif said that the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as Iran Deal, has been so successful in meeting Iran’s interests that the US quit it.

“Look at the news all over the world; you see that the US had to retreat from his claims. They wanted to push down Iran oil export to zero, now they have given 6 more months.”

Zarif also said that the US has been trying to stimulate the world and create a consensus against Iran but failed.

Saying that Iran didn’t trust the US from the very beginning, he said that their quitting the deal implied that they had not gained what they planned.

“The world has accepted the power of Iranian diplomacy,” Zarif said.

He also said that Iran has gained numerous achievements in the past few months, among which are the verdict of the International Court of Justice about sanctions, European Union’s decisions to support the JCPOA, and US’ failure in the UN Security council where all the other members stood against the US and behind Iran.

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