US President Donald Trump on Monday told Iran to change its "destabilizing" behavior or risk further economic isolation, hours before the reimposition of sweeping sanctions against Tehran, though he left the door open to a new nuclear deal.
But due to the weight of Wall Street - both in raising capital for European companies and the level of USA institutional shareholder investment - they can not subject their companies to the risk of secondary U.S. sanctions. He also signed support for the Iranian people.
"The United States is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance", he said in a statement on Monday. The officials accuse Iran's rulers of being the biggest funders of terrorism in the world, supporting dictators, and playing a destabilizing role in the Middle East.
What's more worrisome for Korea is the second round of sanctions, which targets Iran's oil, energy and financial industries, that's scheduled to come into effect in November. Unemployment is shooting up, especially among the country's youth, inflation is spiraling higher because of the cost of imported goods, and there have been water and power shortages due to a lack infrastructure investment after years of on-again, off-again sanctions.
The first wave of sanctions, including a unilateral ban on Iran's access to the USA dollar and trade in gold and other precious metals, will kick in on Monday.
The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil starting in early November or face USA financial measures.
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Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said Monday that Washington's call for new negotiations at the same time as it reimposes crippling sanctions "makes no sense".
While Iran's economy is in poor shape, it isn't in the critical condition it was when the Iran nuclear deal was reached.
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In addition to its statement opposing the Trump administration's sanctions-which are just the first wave of penalties the U.S.is expected to unveil in the coming months-the EU announced that it will be enforcing a so-called Blocking Statute aimed at nullifying the effects of Trump's sanctions on European countries engaged in "legitimate business" with Iran.
But they admit it may not be enough to convince European firms to fearless USA penalties in order to do business with Iran.
"It also forbids EU persons from complying with those sanctions, unless exceptionally authorized to do so by the Commission in case non-compliance seriously damages their interests or the interests of the Union". The president doubled down on criticism on in his statement on sanctions on August 6.
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At 12:01 AM Tuesday morning, the first wave of USA sanctions suspended under the Iran nuclear deal will snap back into place, as the Trump administration tries to ramp up the economic pressure on Iran.
Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported the arrival of the five ATR72-600 airplanes, which are twin-engine turboprops used for short-distance regional flights.
"The exercise was conducted with the aim of controlling and safeguarding the security of the worldwide waterway within the framework of the IRGC's annual calendar exercises program", the force's spokesman Brigadier General Ramezan Sharif said Sunday. "Yet the very first sanctions it reimposed have canceled licenses for sales of 200+ passenger jets under absurd pretexts, endangering ordinary Iranians", the country's foreign minister, Javad Zarif, tweeted Monday. The activity extended to the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway for global oil shipments the Revolutionary Guards has threatened to block.
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Iran did not appear interested in drawing attention to the drills.
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