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World Iran Says U.S. Has 'Addiction' to Sanctions After Latest Round Hits Oil Industries Already Targeted

07:20  27 october  2020
07:20  27 october  2020 Source:   newsweek.com

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"The U . S .' addiction to sanctions has not paid off as the U . S . national security adviser admitted," Miryousefi said , "the U . S . has out- sanctioned itself." President Donald Turmp' s administration has sought to sever Iran ' s energy trade through strict sanctions .

of Iranian oil imports are complying with U . S . sanctions , a senior Iranian energy official said , noting that Tehran was hopeful to find withdrew from a nuclear deal with Iran last year and snapped sanctions in place to choke Iran ’ s oil and banking industries , while

In remarks given to Newsweek, a senior Iranian official chastised the United States for rolling out a new round of sanctions that double down on critical energy industries already subject to restrictions by previous punitive measures taken by President Donald Trump's administration against the Islamic Republic.

a large ship in a body of water: An Iranian flag waves in front of the South Pars natural gas field, the largest of its kind in the world, located in the Persian Gulf between Iran and Qatar, in this photo shared April 29 by Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh. President Donald Turmp's administration has sought to sever Iran's energy trade through strict sanctions. © Islamic Republic of Iran Ministry of Petroleum An Iranian flag waves in front of the South Pars natural gas field, the largest of its kind in the world, located in the Persian Gulf between Iran and Qatar, in this photo shared April 29 by Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh. President Donald Turmp's administration has sought to sever Iran's energy trade through strict sanctions.

The U.S. Department of Treasury announced Monday that its Office of Foreign Assets Control was designating the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, the National Iranian Oil Company and the National Iranian Tanker Company on counterterrorism grounds due to their financial support of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Quds Force (IRGC-QF), an elite military unit branded a terrorist organization last year by the State Department.

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Iran is determined to develop its oil industry in spite of U . S . sanctions imposed on the country, Iranian Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a televised speech on Saturday. "We will not surrender under any circumstances We have to increase our capacity so that

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Wednesday that Tehran will continue selling its oil despite U . S . sanctions and said Washington' s policy of putting pressure on Iran would fail in practice. Rouhani called the U . S . decision to try to reduce Iran ' s oil

Reacting to the news, Iranian mission to the United Nations spokesperson Alireza Miryousefi considered the move an attack on the Iranian people themselves.

"The U.S.' hostility towards the Iranian people has no limit," Miryousefi told Newsweek. "The U.S. is sanctioning entities that have already been sanctioned under other phony charges."

The Iranian official referenced earlier remarks by White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien, who conceded to reporters on Sunday that the Trump administration had levied so many sanctions on Iran and Russia "that there's very little left for us to do."

"The U.S.' addiction to sanctions has not paid off as the U.S. national security adviser admitted," Miryousefi said, "the U.S. has out-sanctioned itself."

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The Iranian officials targeted for the sanctions " have advanced the regime' s destabilizing objectives," the Treasury Department said in a The penalties came days after Iran fired missiles at U . S . targets in Iraq in retaliation for an American airstrike in Baghdad that

Iran has urged European countries, which are still committed to the nuclear deal, to oppose the sanctions by creating a financial mechanism that facilitates payments of Iranian oil sales. Zamaninia said the mechanism, known as SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle for trade)

The U.S. has steadily tightened Trump's "maximum pressure" of economic restrictions and military threats against Iran since the president withdrew from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action in May 2018. Better known as the Iran nuclear deal, the 2015 accord granted Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for a severe cut in nuclear production.

While fellow signatories China, France, Germany, Russia and the United Kingdom still join Iran in support of the deal, the Trump administration has contended that the agreement freed Tehran's ability to fund activities considered destabilizing to the region such as funding foreign militias and developing more advanced ballistic missile capabilities.

The past two and a half years has seen U.S.-Iran tensions soar across the Middle East, including the Persian Gulf and in Iraq, where the Trump administration ordered the killing of Quds Force commander Major General Qassem Soleimani in a January operation that compelled Iranian officials to swear revenge.

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Iran has imposed no restrictions on U . S . oil firms willing to participate in energy projects in the country but American sanctions make such cooperation impossible, Iran ' s deputy oil minister said on Monday. " Iran has not imposed any restrictions on the U . S . companies, but they cannot participate in our ( oil

A rise in oil prices caused by the United States' sanctions policies will hurt economic growth in China, Europe and other consumers, much like President Donald Trump' s trade measures, a top Iranian official said on Thursday. Iran ' s OPEC governor also told Reuters the rise in oil output by.

Monday's Treasury Department announcement alleged that senior National Iranian Oil Company and National Iranian Tanker Company worked alongside with Quds Force officer and former Petroleum Minister Rostam Ghasemi, who the U.S. statement identified as having taken up some of Soleimani's duties in facilitating energy shipments on behalf of the Revolutionary Guard.

"The regime in Iran uses the petroleum sector to fund the destabilizing activities of the IRGC-QF," Treasury Secretary Steven T. Mnuchin said in a statement. "The Iranian regime continues to prioritize its support for terrorist entities and its nuclear program over the needs of the Iranian people."

The announcement also designated other alleged front companies, subsidiaries and senior executives of the Iranian Ministry of Petroleum, the National Iranian Oil Company and the National Iranian Tanker Company. Four individuals were also blacklisted for their role in Iran's sale of gasoline to Venezuela, where the Trump administration has cut ties with President Nicolás Maduro and those doing business with him.

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Both Venezuelan and Iranian officials have previously told Newsweek they planned to continue resisting U.S. efforts to alter their policies through economic coercion.

Iranian Petroleum Minister Bijan Zanganeh also deemed further U.S. sanctions a futile measure in reaction to the latest measures.

"The sanctions against me and my colleagues are a passive reaction to the failure of Washington's policy of reducing oil exports to zero," Zanganeh tweeted Monday. "The era of unilateralism in the world is over. Iran's oil industry will not be exhausted. I have no assets outside of Iran that are subject to sanctions."

"I sacrifice my life, property and reputation in Iran," he wrote.

The new round of sanctions came less than two weeks ahead of the U.S. presidential election, when Trump was set to face Democratic candidate former Vice President Joe Biden, a proponent of the nuclear deal forged during his tenure with former President Barack Obama.

Biden has vowed to rejoin the accord and reverse some of the still mounting measures imposed by Trump, while at the same time pledging to push back on Iranian actions he opposed in the region. The former vice president has also warned Iran "will pay a price" if it was found the country attempted to interfere with the upcoming race by sending voters fake emails pretending to be from the far-right Proud Boys group and threatening "Vote for Trump or Else!"

The alleged scheme was revealed by National Intelligence Director John Ratcliffe late Wednesday, a day before the final presidential debate, where Trump alleged the plot was intended to damage his chances of winning.

Miryousefi has denied Iran's involvement in the affair and declared no preference for the outcome of the election.

"We do not comment on election issues and are not interested in entering the debate," Miryousefi told Newsweek on Friday. "We have repeatedly stated that Iran does not interfere in other countries' elections."

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The absurd controversy over Joe Biden’s “transition away from the oil industry” .
Trump wants to make the shift to clean energy sound abrupt and scary.Trump himself put it in the most dramatic terms:

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