USA imposes sanctions on Iran's foreign minister

USA imposes sanctions on Iran's foreign minister”

"Under current circumstances and if no action is taken [by the Europeans] we will take the next step [in cutting commitments]", said Zarif.

Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran and six world powers past year, arguing that he wanted a bigger deal that not only limited Iran's atomic work but also reined in its support for proxies in Syria, Iraq, Yemen and Lebanon, and curbed its ballistic missile program. But the sanctions were delayed after State Department officials argued that would close the door to diplomacy.

However, the Trump administration is not closing the door to potential nuclear talks with Iran by sanctioning Zarif, who it does not consider a significant decision maker, a US official said on Wednesday.

"If Saudi Arabia is ready for dialogue, we are always ready for dialogue with our neighbours", he said. The two Arab Gulf countries view Iran as a regional menace and are at war with Iran-aligned rebels in Yemen.

Tensions have spiked between the rivals vying for predominance in the Middle East since Riyadh accused the Islamic Republic of carrying out attacks that damaged six oil tankers in the Gulf - an allegation Tehran has denied.

The state-run IRAN daily reported a seven-member delegation from Abu Dhabi met with Iranian border and coastguard commanders in Tehran in the first such meeting since 2013.

Tensions have increased in sensitive Gulf waters following a series of mysterious attacks on tankers off the UAE coast and the Gulf of Oman.

The UAE is a close ally of Saudi Arabia.

The move comes just about a month after President Donald Trump said he was sanctioning Iran's supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Zarif responded to the news in a tweet.

"What if his people heard the truth, unfiltered, unabridged?"

Zarif, who speaks fluent English and has a ready smile and generally calm demeanor, "has the veneer, the masquerade if you will, of being the honest and reasonable interlocutor for the regime", the official said. -Iranian conflict have risen since May with several attacks on oil tankers in the Gulf, Iran's downing of a US surveillance drone, and a plan for USA air strikes on Iran last month that Trump called off at the last minute. Saudi Arabia has emerged as a leader of the Sunni Arab world and become aligned more with the United States over the past decade, while Iran - a predominantly Shia nation also seeking regional dominance - has forged closer ties with Russian Federation and China.

Like this



01 August 2019
Dolphins Hall of Fame linebacker Nick Buoniconti dead at 78
He also was an attorney, sports agent, president of US Tobacco and a co-host of HBO's "Inside the National Football League ". His crowning achievement, however, may be his work in paralysis research. "I don't do this for myself", he said in 2017.

31 July 2019
Manchester United & Juventus Agree Paulo Dybala-Romelu Lukaku
The Bianconeri are now waiting for him to return from vacation to ask him to complete the switch to Manchester United this summer. Dybala is believed to be asking for a salary of around €10m per year net if he has to leave Juventus this summer.

31 July 2019
Reagan called Africans 'monkeys', unearthed recording reveals
His biographers are, at the moment, trying to reconcile the newly-unearthed audio with the president's personal record . According to Mr Naftali, "Nixon used Reagan's call as an excuse to adapt his language to make the same point to others".

31 July 2019
The wild trailer of 'THE HUNT' is here
Unfortunately for them, one of the hunted knows the game better than they do as she methodically picks them off one by one. As the clip progresses, Oscar winning actress Hilary Swank is revealed to be the mastermind behind this twisted game.

31 July 2019
Google, VMware expand cloud partnership
Specifically, Google Cloud will support VMware Cloud Foundation, the company's system for deploying hybrid clouds. And more recently, VMware cloud offerings can be bought directly through the AWS service.

31 July 2019
40-Percent Chance Tropical Depression Forms Over the Weekend: National Hurricane Center
Upper-level winds are expected to be unfavorable for any significant development of this disturbance during the next few days. By Friday, Central Florida will begin to see increased rain chances as a result of this tropical wave.

31 July 2019
Arsenal close to agreement with Celtic over Tierney move
Meanwhile, Arsenal are close to completing a club record £72m ($87m) signing of Ivory Coast winger Nicolas Pepe from Lille. Liverpool's Andrew Robertson also rated the abilities of his Scotland global team-mate.

31 July 2019
Tropical Storm Erick Upgraded To Hurricane, Tropical Storm Flossie Not Far Behind
Yes, it looks very doom and gloom, but there's good news for Hawaii: The storm is not expected to make landfall. Individual waves may be more than twice the significant wave height, it said in its latest hurricane warning.

25 July 2019
Improve your level of Ukrainian language with NovaMova
A lot of people want to speak and read Ukrainian language correctly, for example: students, pupils, foreigners and many others. This immersion learning method will be very comfortable for every person and you will be highly satisfied with the result.

21 May 2019
A Beginner’s Guide To Royal Ascot
Remember to bet on the colour of the queen’s hat! This is a newer tradition but is one appreciated by all of the guests. It’s quite a tradition, however, to pack a picnic lunch, especially if you are making a whole day out of your trip.