Turkey to continue importing Iran's gas despite bans

Lester Mason
August 9, 2018

The United States will not be able to prevent Iran from exporting oil, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was cited as saying by an Iranian newspaper on Wednesday.

The Rodong Sinmun also ran a story on Wednesday appearing to support Iran's own recent pushback against the USA, saying the "threats and sanctions regime can not affect the will and spirit of the Iranian people".

"If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences, " Zarif said".

'We are pleased to see German businesses stopping their trade with Iran, complying with USA sanctions, and helping pressure the Iranian regime back to the table, ' he tweeted.

He is seeking to compel Iran to agree to a new nuclear accord, but the UK, France, Germany, Russia and China have pledged to abide by the deal they negotiated along with the USA in 2015, and continue trading with Iran.

Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

He has said the deal "failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb" and did not address Tehran's "malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism".

On Monday, the foreign ministers of Germany, Britain and France issued a joint statement condemning the new United States sanctions on Iran.


Among large European companies that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France's oil major Total and its big carmakers, PSA and Renault.

China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.

In November, a second batch of potentially more damaging sanctions will be reinstated on Iran's port operators, and the energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors.

The EU has revived legislation meant to insulate European companies doing business with Iran from United States sanctions, instructing them not to comply with Washington's demands, and providing a mechanism to sue the U.S. in European courts. "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!"

But, despite Mr Trump's advice to stop dealing with Iran, member states of the European Union look set to defy the sanctions, putting them on a collision course with Washington once again.

Just one day after the U.S. issued their first set of sanctions were issued, Ms Mogherini said: "We are doing our best to keep Iran in the deal, to keep Iran benefiting from the economic benefits that the agreement brings to the people of Iran, because we believe this is in the security interests of not only our region but also of the world".

"If there is one piece of worldwide agreements on nuclear non-proliferation that is delivering, it has to be maintained".

Trump decided this year to pull out of the agreement, ignoring pleas from the other world powers that had co-sponsored the deal, including Washington's main European allies, Britain, France and Germany, as well as Russian Federation and China.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

Discuss This Article

FOLLOW OUR NEWSPAPER