Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Germany warns U.S. sanctions on Iran could 'boost radical forces'

Germany warns U.S. sanctions on Iran could 'boost radical forces'

Bolton explained that the sanctions will seek to reverse the damage done by the Obama administration's nuclear deal with Iran, which empowered the regime with billions in cash and access to the global financial system.

Mr Zarif said European powers - who say the nuclear deal is working - were asking other countries to continue buying Iranian oil or even start doing so when the next batch of USA sanctions take effect.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea's foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

The US has dismissed the threat as a bluff.

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.

The first round of reimposed U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's aviation and auto industries, as well as its banking system snapped back on Tuesday.

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

The national security adviser explained that the sanctions are meant to motivate the Iranian regime to "commit to give up their nuclear weapons program, their ballistic missiles, their support for terrorism".


United States sanctions on Iran's energy sector are to be re-imposed after a 180-day wind-down period ending on November 4.

The North Korean foreign minister on Wednesday was quoted as describing the new measures as "inappropriate and contrary to worldwide standards". Even though the Turkish refiner Tupras has already cut back on oil shipments from Tehran, a complete halt to energy imports from Iran is hardly possible, Reuters added.

"China's lawful rights should be protected".

Turkey's Energy Minister Fatih Donmez also said that his country would continue to buy natural gas from Iran.

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.

Heiko Maas said ongoing unrest in Iran - worsened by the sanctions imposed on Monday - could 'boost radical and fundamentalist forces'.

"Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. 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.

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

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