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France Condemns United States Over Iran Sanctions

13 May 2018

During the tenure of former Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, Turkey pursued a policy to ease the tensions between Iran and Western nations due to the nuclear issue.

Thousands of Iranians protested yesterday across the country. Turkey engaged in intense diplomacy and managed to convince Tehran to sit around the table to reach a nuclear agreement.

Although slogans of "Death to America" were few, many Iranians are sincerely angry over Mr Trump's decision and are siding with hard-liners who long have warned to be suspicious of the West.

So, an important question remains: "Will Europe, China, India and so on buy the Iranian oil?"

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Even if European Union businesses do choose to pull out of Iran, competitors from Russian Federation and China - which were last to join the 2011-2013 global sanctions regime - may simply fill the void. These sanctions, directed at Iran's energy, petrochemical, and financial industries, will target industries critical to Iran's economy.

"The holy system of the Islamic Republic will step up its missile capabilities day by day so that Israel, this occupying regime, will become sleepless and the nightmare will constantly haunt it that if it does anything foolish, we will raze Tel Aviv and Haifa to the ground", he said, according to state television.

Turkey and Brazil proposed their agreement to the US. He decried the JCPOA as one of the worst agreements ever.

The United States plans to reintroduce sanctions against Iran, which pumps about 4 per cent of the world's oil, after abandoning a deal reached in late 2015 that limited Tehran's nuclear ambitions in exchange for the removal of US and European sanctions.

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Following Trump's announcement, the Turkish lira dropped below 4.37 against the dollar the next day. Previously, Donald Trump called the US-Iran nuclear deal to be a "disaster".

Iran's foreign minister will travel to Moscow on May 14 and meet his Russian counterpart, Russia's RIA news agency said, citing a Russian foreign ministry official.

"Should U.S. reinstate its extra-territorial sanctions, that may have significant adverse impact on the ability for non-U.S. persons to trade with Iran and Iranian interests", the Swedish Club said. These bills targeted foreign businesses outside the jurisdiction of the USA - including some of the biggest companies of America's closest allies in Europe - by threatening to cut them off from the US financial and banking systems if they invest in Iran. "We will not hesitate to discharge responsibility". In the most simplistic terms, this deal was a delay in Iran's nuclear program in exchange for complete sanctions relief and beyond.

Meanwhile, the annual inflation rate in the US edged up to 2.5 percent in April from 2.4 in March, matching market expectations. In recent months, the region has been facing the growing Iran-Israel rivalry in Syria. Mr. Trump slammed the deal during the 2016 presidential campaign, saying it was "badly negotiated".

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To pressure allies, the USA intends to apply "secondary sanctions" on non-American firms that do business with Iran. But that's exactly what Iran Oil Minister Bijan Namdar Zanganeh said on state television Thursday.

Separately, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian expressed concern about the political stability of the region after the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement. At the same time, the country would make preparations to restart its program of nuclear enrichment, he said.

France Condemns United States Over Iran Sanctions