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Deal with Iran, incur America’s wrath, Trump fumes

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New United States sanctions against Iran took effect, on Tuesday, and President Donald Trump, who defied Washington’s allies to impose them, pledged that firms doing business with Tehran would be barred from doing business with the US.

Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran’s nuclear programme.

Trump decided this year to pull out of the agreement, ignoring pleas from other world powers that had co-sponsored the deal, including Washington’s main European allies Britain, France and Germany, Russia and China.

The European countries have promised to try to mitigate the impact of renewed US sanctions to persuade Tehran to continue to abide by the deal’s terms.

However, that has proven difficult: European companies have pulled out of Iran, arguing that they cannot risk the prospect of damage to their US business.

“These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level.

“Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” Trump tweeted on Tuesday.

White House National Security Adviser John Bolton said on Monday Iran’s only chance of escaping sanctions would be to take up an offer to negotiate with Trump for a tougher deal.

“They could take up the president’s offer to negotiate with them, to give up their ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programmes fully and really verifiably,” Bolton told Fox News.

“If the ayatollahs want to get out from under the squeeze, they should come and sit down. The pressure will not relent while the negotiations go on,” said Bolton, one of the administration’s main hawks on Iran.

Washington accepts that Iran has complied with the terms of the 2015 deal reached under Trump’s predecessor Barack Obama, but says the agreement was flawed because it is not strenuous enough.

Iran says it will continue to abide by the deal for now, if other countries can help protect it from the economic impact of Washington’s decision to pull out.

The so-called snapback sanctions target Iranian purchases of US dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and its auto sector.

In a speech hours before the sanctions were due to take effect, Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani rejected any negotiations as long as Washington was no longer complying with the deal it reached three years ago.

“If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife,” Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

“We are always in favor of diplomacy and talks. … But talks need honesty,” Rouhani said.

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He dismissed the proposal for talks as a stunt to sow chaos in Iran and confuse American voters at home ahead of mid-term elections in November.

He said Washington was becoming isolated internationally and would come to regret imposing sanctions against the views of its allies and other world powers.

The nuclear deal is closely associated in Iran with Rouhani, a relative moderate who won two landslide elections on promises to open up its economy to the outside world.

European countries fear that by abandoning the deal, Washington risks undermining Rouhani and strengthening the hand of his more hardline opponents, who have long argued that the West would never allow Iran to prosper.

In a joint statement on Monday from Britain, France, Germany and the EU as a bloc, they said: “We deeply regret the reimposition of sanctions by the US.”

Since the sanctions were initially lifted two years ago, Iranian oil exports have risen.

Meanwhile, most Iranians are yet to see major economic improvement as a result of the deal and the prospect that Washington would re-impose sanctions helped drive a collapse in the value of Iran’s currency this year, raising the cost of imports.

There have been protests in Iran against rising prices, and the government has responded firmly.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 7th August 2018 at 5:57 pm

    Anglo-America has fallen and gone forever with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order. US market which is not up to 0.5 % of this 21st century world international market, is very irrelevant in this 21st century world international market. Iran exist under Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe which is more than 80% of 21st century world international market, inclusive market of countries of EU which has relations with Southern Countries Union- SCU. Trump is a little ignorant kid in politics of this 21st century world international order, a barking dog in this 21st century world international order. US sanction against Iran is Kindergarten comedy of the vanquished which is very irrelevant in this 21st century world international order. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 7th August 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Anglo-America has fallen and gone forever with their fraudulent criminal UN of 20th century world international order etc. This is 21st century world international order which has Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, Southern Secondary Currency- SSC which serves as major trading instrument etc., with its international instruments for finance, trade etc., under which Iran exist and secured. It is up to countries of EU to decide their existence securities and freedom in this 21st century world international order which is only under a union of EU and relations with Southern Countries Union- SCU or a union with North America and remain in American bondage and dictatorship mess. America military, police must vacate Southern Countries Union- SCU territorial sovereign states and Germany territorial sovereign state dead or alive. This is 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order is dead and gone forever. God Is With Us!!!

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