Nov 06, 2018 06:43 Asia/Tehran
  • Zarif: New list of sanctions signifies confusion, desperation in Washington

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message has slammed US for its blind sanctions against Iran. Zarif said the new list of sanctions signifies confusion, quandary, and desperation in Washington, since the list includes a failed bank which went bankrupt 6 years ago and an oil tanker which capsized last year in the south China sea.

Iran news: According to Iran Press, “In a desperate PSYOP [psychological operations] to amplify the list of sanctioned Iranian entities—unintentionally also proving it is #TargetingOrdinaryIranians indiscriminately—the U.S. designated a bank that was closed 6 years ago, and a ship that sank last year in a widely televised saga,” Zarif tweeted on Monday.

After Washington's May 8 exit from the Joint Comprehensive Plan Of Action (JCPOA), the US gave 90- and 180-day wind-down periods to other countries before it started re-imposing oil sanctions on Tehran on 5 November.

The first round of illegal US sanctions came into force on 9 August.

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The Iranian ship Sanchi which was randomly sanctioned by US administration was carrying over 130,000 tons of gas condensates, en route to South Korea when it collided with a Chinese freighter in East China Coast on 6 January.

The tanker finally sank after more than a week of burning with all its crew (30 Iranians, two Bangladeshis) being killed.

َOn November 5, Iranian UN Ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo, asked UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to hold US accountable over re-imposing sanctions against Iran.

The United Nations should hold the United States accountable for re-imposing sanctions on Monday, measures that defy a UN Security Council resolution, Iran's UN ambassador Gholamali Khoshroo wrote in a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

Also on 4 November, in an interview with USA TODAY, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Iran is willing to hold talks with the US provided that there is a change in the US administration’s approach toward Iran.

Despite Trump's hostile policy towards the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), the head of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker said on 6 October, that the EU should remain strong on its' commitment to the historic Iran nuclear deal. 103

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