Published: Thu, August 09, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Khamenei says Iran does not have anything to be concerned about

Khamenei says Iran does not have anything to be concerned about

The report said the two discussed significant worldwide issues and mutual interests, likely including both country's ongoing nuclear negotiations with the USA, and "welcomed further enhancement of relations", according to the state-owned Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

Critics accused him of mismanagement and blamed him for the country's recent economic problems, which have been exacerbated by the restoration of US sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear agreement.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that a US plan to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero will not succeed, according to the Iran state newspaper.

The sanctions imposed on Tehran this week have already led banks and many companies around the world to scale back dealings with Iran.

"You have all these different pressures and people are getting upset and for the most part, from what we can tell, they're blaming the regime and they're not really blaming the U.S.", Politico foreign affairs correspondent Nahal Toosi said on the Bill Press Show.

In a commentary published by the Guardian on Wednesday, Khoshroo stressed that by ditching the nuclear deal with Iran and sanctioning countries engaged in business transactions with the country, the U.S. is violating UNSC Resolution 2231.

The Defense Department announced last week that it was monitoring a major Iranian naval exercise that began August 2 in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, timed to coincide with the USA reimposition of stringent economic sanctions on Iran restricting trade, export of certain products, and the ability to purchase US currency.

"China's lawful rights should be protected".

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

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani - who insists that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful - has accused Mr Trump of waging "psychological warfare", and ruled out face-to-face talks with him while the sanctions remain in place.

"We still think that it is a mistake to give up on the nuclear accord with Iran", Maas said in an interview with the daily Passauer Neue Presse.

China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.

"The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran", Zarif said.

Trump said Monday that he was open to new talks to reach a "more comprehensive deal" with Iran.

"I feel like my life is being destroyed", said one construction worker on the streets of the capital.

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.

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