Germany: US Should Consider EU Interests on Iran Sanctions

Aug 10, 2018, 00:28
Germany: US Should Consider EU Interests on Iran Sanctions

"This is a clear example of Washington violating UN Resolution 2231 (on the Iran nuclear deal) and global law", the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement. "Yesterday's US decision should make that abundantly clear".

Trump warned the European Union on Monday against doing business with Tehran.

Furthermore, Stark and Hoenlein called on Europe to "support the USA efforts" to achieve "a more comprehensive arrangement" regarding Iran's nuclear program "for stricter compliance rules without sunset clauses, a prohibition against the development of long and short-range ballistic missiles, along with any weaponization program, unfettered access to military and other barred sites for inspectors, and, of course, a demand that Iran cease all human rights violations".

After abandoning the JCPOA in May, the administration of US President Donald Trump on Tuesday reinstated a series of unilateral sanctions targeting Iran's purchase of US dollars, trade in gold and other precious metals as well as its automotive sector.

The EU was quick to issue a statement in defense of the landmark accord, vowing to fight the American sanctions and protect the firms working with Iran. European countries fear that abandoning the accord will lead to accelerated development of nuclear weapons in Iran.

An Iranian naval exercise involving at least 100 small boats in and around the Strait of Hormuz last week was meant as a message to the U.S. for re-imposing economic sanctions on Tehran, the top U.S. commander in the Middle East said.

"China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions", it said, adding "China's lawful rights should be protected". In fact, the United States has said that to achieve significant reductions in Iranian oil exports it needs India to observe the sanctions.

"We are encouraging small and medium enterprises in particular to increase business with and in Iran as part of something (that) for us is a security priority", she said during a joint press conference with New Zealand Foreign Minister Winston Peters.

The sanctions imposed this month prohibit Iran from using US dollars, the primary currency for worldwide financial transactions and oil purchases, and restrict Iranian trade in metals, carpets and other goods.

The showdown over sanctions demonstrates once again the economic clout of the United States, severely restricting the ability of Germany or any other European country to follow a different policy.

The Iranian foreign minister also said the world does not pay attention to "impulsive tweeted diktats" by Trump.

As the US move also puts Turkey in a tight situation, the Turkish foreign ministry said authorities are working to avoid the USA sanctions from harming Turkey.

The first wave of US sanctions targeting Iran's automotive sector as well as gold, steel, and other metals went into effect Tuesday. "It has propped up the Syrian regime and participated in crimes against humanity in Syria".

Chinese State Councilor and Foreign Minister Wang Yi said in Singapore on Friday that China is willing to work with all parties to continue safeguarding the Iran nuclear deal.

Moreover, Votel said there were no unsafe or unprofessional interactions between the Iranians and American warships during the exercise, continuing a roughly year-long pattern of professional interactions between the two sides.

"Wherever you see Iranian activity, you see Qassem Soleimani".

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