Zarif: "Pompeo blames Iran for unlawful US sanctions"
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet on Thursday that secretary of state Mike Pompeo is blaming Iran for unlawful US sanctions, just as he is blaming Yemen for unlawful actions carried out by Saudi Arabia.
Just as with Yemen, @SecPompeo blames Iran for unlawful US sanctions preventing Iranians’ access to financial services for food and medicine. Naturally, we will provide them for our people in spite of US efforts. But US is accountable for crimes against humanity re Iran & Yemen.— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 8, 2018
Iran Press/Iran news: Zarif tweeted "Just as with Yemen, @SecPompeo blames Iran for unlawful US sanctions preventing Iranians’ access to financial services for food and medicine. Naturally, we will provide them for our people in spite of US efforts. But US is accountable for crimes against humanity regarding Iran & Yemen", according to an Iran Press report.
On May 8, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of a nuclear deal struck by Iran and six world powers known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action under which Iran agreed to curb its nuclear program in exchange for lifting of sanctions.
The US president also reinstated the sanctions already lifted under the JCPOA and vowed to impose the highest level of economic ban on Iran. The second round of US sanctions against Iran targeting Iranian oil exports, shipping, aviation industry and banking affairs went into effect on Monday 5 November.
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The US unilateral move has been condemned by other signatories of the JCPOA namely the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China which have voiced their commitment to the deal and vowed to protect trade between their companies and Iran.
The EU is preparing a special mechanism to enable payments for Iranian oil and other exports without U.S. dollars, possibly through a barter system.
Zarif to Pompeo: 'Have you no shame?'
Reacting to earlier remarks by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo who had talked about Saudi Arabia's 'humanitarian aid to Yemen', foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet addressing Pompeo: 'Have you no shame?' Perhaps you think it's the Yemenis themselves who're responsible for famine they're facing.
You know what @SecPompeo? It's the Yemenis themselves who're responsible for famine they're facing. They should've simply allowed your butcher clients—who spend billions on bombing school buses & "millions to mitigate this risk"--to annihilate them w/o resisting. #HaveYouNoShame— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) November 8, 2018
In a recent interview with a foreign media outlet, Pompeo claimed that Saudi Arabian regime had allocated millions of dollars in humanitarian aid to the Yemeni people.
This is while, Saudi Arabia has waged a bloody and devastating war against the impoverished country of Yemen over the past four years, resulting in deaths of thousands of Yemeni people and displacement of millions more.
On August 9, the brutal bombardment of innocent Yemeni children on a Bus, by Saudi warplanes has drawn global condemnations, accusations of war crime, as well as feelings of anger, disgust, and horror among the Yemeni people.
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According to the United Nations International Children's Emergency Fund (UNICEF), since the beginning of the intervention led by Saudi Arabia and its' allies in Yemen in 2015, about 2,400 children have been killed and 3,600 maimed in Yemen. 103