Oct 18, 2018 07:31 Asia/Tehran
  • US addiction to sanctions 'out of control': Zarif

Iranian foreign minister said, US reliance on sanctions is out of control and its hostility toward Iranians heightened by addiction to sanctions.

Iran Press/Iran news: After the US Treasury imposed new sanctions on several Iranian firms, Mohamad Javad Zarif has taken to Twitter to blast the US addiction to sanctions.

“US addiction to sanctions is out of control. Iranian private bank key to food/medicine import is designated because of alleged eight degrees of separation w/ another arbitrary target. In comparison, all humans on planet are connected by six degrees of separation. You do the math,” Mohamad Javad Zarif tweeted on Wednesday to lash out at the US’ new sanctions targeting several Iranian banks and institutes.


Zarif said in another tweet that the United States’ latest economic sanctions against Iran display a disregard for the human rights of all Iranians.

“Latest US sanctions violate 2 ICJ orders: to not impede humanitarian trade & to not aggravate the dispute. Utter disregard for rule of law & human rights of an entire people. US outlaw regime’s hostility toward Iranians heightened by addiction to sanctions,” Zarif said in a Twitter post.


The US Treasury on Tuesday announced fresh sanctions on Iranian banks, including Bank Mellat and Mehr Eqtesad Bank.

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The United States is also imposing sanctions on Iran Tractor Manufacturing Company, Esfehan’s Mobarakeh Steel Company, and other companies linked to investment, commodities and engineering, according to an announcement on the US Treasury's website.

US President Donald Trump announced in May that Washington was pulling out of the nuclear agreement, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which lifted nuclear-related sanctions against Tehran in exchange for restrictions on Tehran's nuclear program.

A first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran's access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto sector. A second round, forthcoming on November 4, will be targeting Iran's energy sector and financial transactions.

This is while, Iran together with the international community, are trying with goodwill to pave the way for Iran to achieve its interests after the US illegal withdrawal from Iran deal, also known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

The UN’s international court of justice has reprimanded the US over its re-imposition of sanctions on Iran, ordering Washington to lift restrictive measures linked to humanitarian trade, food, medicine and civil aviation.

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The US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, reacted by announcing the US was terminating the treaty, which the US signed with Tehran two years after orchestrating a coup to topple the elected prime minister, Mohammad Mosaddegh.


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