Iran FM says Trump, Mohammed Bin Salman, Netanyahu are ‘isolated’

Minnie Murray
August 7, 2018

His statement comes as US sanctions on the country are set to take effect Tuesday.

Iranians voiced anger, fear and defiance on Tuesday as the USA reimposed sanctions and their leaders dismissed President Donald Trump's offer of talks as an act of "psychological warfare".

Heavier US sanctions, aimed at Iran's oil sector, are due in November.

Many European companies withdrew from Iran after Trump pulled the U.S. out of the 2015 nuclear deal with Tehran and set a grace period for firms to wind down their business in the country.

The EU wants to preserve the economic relation reestablish between both partners within the framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, to try to save the agreement. Some of the U.S.'s closest allies have signaled they wish to continue trade with Iran, especially when it comes to oil.

"Preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is a matter of respecting global agreements and a matter of worldwide security". "I can't afford to buy food, pay the rent." said a construction worker on the streets of the capital.

He said Iran had "always welcomed negotiations" but that Washington would first have to demonstrate it can be trusted.

In a statement on Monday just hours before the sanctions went back into force, Trump said: "The Iranian regime faces a choice".

He also praised the "most biting sanctions ever imposed" and said they would "ratchet up to another level" in November. He dismissed a United States call for talks, saying "we are always in favour of diplomacy and talks..."

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told reporters the global reaction to Trump's move showed that the U.S. was diplomatically "isolated", but acknowledged the sanctions "may cause some disruption".

"Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States", Trump vowed on Twitter.

Other countries have also asked European Union officials for details on the blocking regulations, as they explore ways to bypass sanctions.

Iran's rial currency has lost half its value since April under the threat of revived USA sanctions. "But talks need honesty", Rouhani said.

Iran's currency has lost around half its value since Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the nuclear pact.

The US has long designated Iran as the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism, Pompeo noted Sunday, adding that the Islamic Republic can not expect to be treated as an equal in the worldwide community until it halts such activities.

US trade with Iran stood at $258 million (Dh948m) in 2016, according to the US Census Bureau, while exports to Iran from the European Union, which will be affected by secondary sanctions, were worth $13 billion past year.

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.

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