Time in Yerevan: 11:07:36,   21 July

Erdogan slams U.S. sanctions on Iran

YEREVAN, NOVEMBER 6, ARMENPRESS. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has slammed the U.S. sanctions on Iran, the Turkish state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

“We don’t find the sanctions to be a right thing, because we believe that [the sanctions] are directed at disrupting the global balance. In addition, they [sanctions] are against the law and diplomacy. We don’t want to live in an imperialist world,” Erdogan told reporters.

The US unleashed its "toughest ever" sanctions against Iran on Monday, as the Trump administration reinstated all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it.

They will hit oil exports, shipping and banks - all core parts of the economy.

Thousands of Iranians chanting "Death to America" rallied on Sunday, rejecting calls for talks.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed to sell his country's oil and break the sanctions.

The military was also quoted as saying it would hold air defence drills on Monday and Tuesday to prove the country's capabilities.

The demonstrations took place on the 39th anniversary of the occupation of the US embassy in Tehran, which led to four decades of mutual hostility.

Before travelling to a campaign rally for the US mid-term elections, President Donald Trump said Iran was already struggling under his administration's policies.

"The Iran sanctions are very strong. They are the strongest sanctions we've ever imposed. And we'll see what happens with Iran, but they're not doing very well, I can tell you."

Washington re-imposed the sanctions after Trump in May pulled out of a 2015 accord aimed at curbing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

The US has been gradually re-imposing sanctions, but analysts say this latest round is by far the most significant.

More than 700 individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft are now on the sanctions list, including major banks, oil exporters and shipping companies.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has said that more than 100 big international companies had withdrawn from Iran because of the looming sanctions.

The Iran atomic energy company, 70 financial companies, including 14 major banks, have been included in the sanctions.

Those who will cooperate with the sanctioned entities can also be sanctioned by the US.

However, the US granted temporary waivers to seven countries – China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea and Turkey.


Edited and translated by Stepan Kocharyan




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