Published: Tue, June 25, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran Dismisses US Sanctions, Says Calls for Dialogue Not Serious

Iran Dismisses US Sanctions, Says Calls for Dialogue Not Serious

"Today's actions follow a series of aggressive behaviors by the Iranian regime in recent weeks, including shooting down of USA drones", Trump said. It is "100% right that the USA military has no business in the Persian Gulf".

"Sanctions imposed through the executive order. will deny the Supreme Leader and the Supreme Leader's office, and those closely affiliated with him and the office, access to key financial resources and support", Trump said.

He has been a long-standing critic of the nuclear deal reached with Iran in 2015, as was revealed through several documents leaked to Axios that were published on Monday.

Earlier sanctions were enforced on some of Iran's major exports, including crude oil, its chief source of revenue, and its banking and financial sectors.

Iran refers to its firewall as the Dejfa defense shield, a defense project for the national information network that provides security services for private and state-owned businesses.

Mr Pompeo's visit to Abu Dhabi followed a meeting in Saudi Arabia with King Salman and came as US President Donald Trump called on consumers of oil from the Middle East to take greater responsibility for protecting shipping lanes such as the Strait of Hormuz.

But Germany, France and Britain, as well as Russian Federation and China, remain part of the nuclear accord that lifted sanctions on Iran in exchange for set limits on its uranium enrichment levels.

Last year, Mr Trump pulled the USA out of the nuclear pact that world powers made with Tehran in 2015.

The three European countries have sent envoys to Tehran recently, signalling they remain committed to diplomacy and dialogue. USA officials have denied Tehran's allegations. Iran has since said it will drop adherence to some of the limits the deal imposed on its nuclear activities, but has insisted its atomic programme is entirely for civilian purposes.

Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said the country would welcome the "defusion of tensions in the region", the Isna news agency reported.

President Trump said the sanctions would've been imposed even without the downing of the drone.

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"All of these countries should be protecting their own ships on what has always been a unsafe journey".

A coalition of nations would provide both material and financial contributions to the program, a senior US State Department official said, without identifying the countries. But this malice is exactly why a multinational pact such as the JCPOA - which was hammered out between Iran, the U.S., the U.K., France, Germany, the European Union, China and Russian Federation - was an important, albeit imperfect, way to thwart a proliferation program.

Alternatively, he said allied nations with commercial interests in the oil-rich region could launch an all-new maritime security initiative.

How have earlier United States sanctions hit Iran?

Trump in his interview retorted House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's assertion that he would need congressional approval for any hostilities against Iran.

Last year, the US aimed to cut off all revenue from Iran's oil export - the money that keeps the country running.

"China gets 91% of its Oil from the Strait, Japan 62%, & many other countries likewise".

U.S. secretary of state Mike Pompeo said "significant" new sanctions would be announced on Tehran on Monday.

Rouhani said the decision meant the "certain failure" of the White House's efforts.

USA president Donald Trump secretly authorized US Cyber Command to carry out a retaliatory attack on Iran, The Washington Post reported on June 22, 2019, shortly after the US president pledged to hit the Islamic republic with major new sanctions.

Washington has blamed the tanker attacks on Iran, which denies having any role. Iranian officials have not yet responded.

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