Iran’s Khamenei undermines US sanctions, says nothing to worry about

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei during a meeting with foreign ministry officials in Tehran on July 21, 2018. (AFP)

After the first batch of US sanctions on the Islamic Republic entered into force on Tuesday morning, a website affiliated to Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said on Wednesday that there was nothing for Tehran to worry about.

Khamenei said in one of his speeches in the past weeks, but published a day after the sanctions came into effect: “Do not worry at all about our situation, no one can do anything.” The sanctions, imposed by Washington, have forced banks and many companies around the world to reduce their dealings with Iran already.

US President Donald Trump pledged on Tuesday to prevent companies with business dealings with Iran from dealing with the United States. He twitted on Tuesday about the sanctions by describing them as: “the most biting ever imposed”.

Iran envoy

Iran’s envoy at the United Nations Gholamali Khoshroo said in an report published by The Guardian that the US is making history not just by violating a United Nations Security Council resolution it voted for three years ago, but also by penalizing countries who stick to the same unanimous resolution, according to Khoshroo.

The resolution, unanimously adopted six days after the nuclear deal was signed in Vienna, calling on UN member states to refrain “from actions that undermine implementation of commitments” under the Vienna agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Program of Action (JCPOA).

On Saturday, the United States Congress and the Trump administration, issued stern new warning to European partners, if they do not end all business ties with the Iranian regime.

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