• Trump's threatening tweets appear right after Rouhani's televised speech

US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the newly imposed sanctions against Iran are "the most biting," adding that in November they would "ratchet up to yet another level." He also said that doing business with Iran means no business with the US.

Iran Press-   After president Rouhani's interview, live, on Iranian television on Monday night Aug 6,2018  ,US President Donald Trump tweeted on Tuesday and  described   the newly imposed sanctions against Iran as  "the most biting,"quoted  by Sputnik. He went on to say that in November they would "ratchet up to yet another level."

In the same tweet, the US president added that anyone, who was doing business with Iran, wouldn't be doing it with the US.

On Monday night, the first wave of US sanctions targeting Iran's acquisition of dollar bank notes, trade in gold and other metals, transactions related to the Iranian rial, and purchases of commercial passenger aircraft entered into force.

The day before, EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers from the UK, France, and Germany said in a statement that the European Union's Blocking Statute would enter into force on 7 August to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran.

In May, Trump called the nuclear accord - or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) as it is formally known - a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made" and withdraw from the deal.

As quoted by Reuters , Last night in a televised address , Rouhani said there could be no talks as long as Washington was reneging on the deal."

“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.

“We are always in favour of diplomacy and talks ... But talks need honesty,” Rouhani said. “Trump’s call for direct talks is only for domestic consumption in America ahead of elections ... and to create chaos in Iran.”

European allies tried and failed to persuade Trump not to walk out of the 2015 agreement, under which Iran agreed to curbs on its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of international sanctions. Rouhani said Washington would come to rue a move that had been rejected by other countries.

“America will regret imposing sanctions on Iran ... They’re already isolated in the world. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation,” he said.

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Aug 07, 2018 15:01 Asia/Tehran
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