Iranian lawmakers oust minister in victory for hard-liners

09 August, 2018, 09:05 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
  • Daimler has a long presence in Iran where it sold up to 10,000 vehicles a year before 2010

Also on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said it was hard to imagine new talks with the USA with its erratic decision-making.

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

The EU has revived legislation meant to insulate European companies doing business with Iran from U.S. sanctions, instructing them not to comply with Washington's demands, and providing a mechanism to sue the USA in European courts.

"We want to see a much broader retreat by Iran from their support for worldwide terrorism, their belligerent military activity in the Middle East and their ballistic missile, nuclear-related programs", National Security Advisor John Bolton told Fox News.

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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".

The visit coincided with the United States reimposing sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal in May. They target USA dollar financial transactions, Iran's automotive sector and the purchase of commercial planes and metals, including gold.

Iran's currency has been in steady decline since the start of the year as the country anxiously awaits the re-imposition of full USA sanctions, trading at record lows and losing almost two-thirds of its value against the dollar.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the new sanctions, which were lifted under a 2015 worldwide nuclear deal, were the most biting sanctions ever imposed. Petroleum-related transactions and transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran will also be affected. "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" he tweeted.

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Later, Mr Zarif responded on Twitter by writing: "Tantrums & CAPPED TWEETS won't change the fact that the world is sick & exhausted of United States unilateralism". "Just ask EU, Russia, China & dozens of our other trading partners", he wrote.

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May, and said that he plans to reinstate USA nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

"The countries now the USA is negotiating with have told Washington that they will continue their oil purchases from Iran", he explained.

"According to reports from journalists and human rights activists inside Iran, as well as independent news groups outside the country, security forces have detained scores of people in jails and secret detention facilities notorious for torture and other ill-treatment over the past week, denying many of them access to their families and lawyers".

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