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World Iranian Official Says U.S. Sanctions Sign of Diplomatic Weakness

11:50  02 november  2019
11:50  02 november  2019 Source:   bloomberg.com

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The “repetitive” U . S . sanctions on Iran are a sign of diplomatic weakness and inefficiency and should be dropped, the Islamic Republic’ s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on messaging app Telegram. Mousavi also called on the U . S . to meet its nuclear agreement pledges.

On 31 July, the US Treasury Department announced that it was imposing sanctions on the Iranian foreign minister despite Tehran' s earlier warning that the introduction of restrictions against the country' s officials would close the path to diplomatic settlement between the countries.

(Bloomberg) -- The “repetitive” U.S. sanctions on Iran are a sign of diplomatic weakness and inefficiency and should be dropped, the Islamic Republic’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said on messaging app Telegram.

ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 12: General View of an Iran flag prior to the AFC Asian Cup Group D match between Vietnam and Iran at Al Nahyan Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)© Matthew Ashton/AMA/Getty Images ABU DHABI, UNITED ARAB EMIRATES - JANUARY 12: General View of an Iran flag prior to the AFC Asian Cup Group D match between Vietnam and Iran at Al Nahyan Stadium on January 12, 2019 in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. (Photo by Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images)

Mousavi also called on the U.S. to meet its nuclear agreement pledges. The latest wave of U.S. sanctions targeted the construction sector and the country’s elaborate missile programs, with U.S. Secretary of State Michael Pompeo saying the decision is intended to keep a close watch on Iran’s civil nuclear program and constrain its ability to shorten its “breakout time” for a nuclear weapon.

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Some assets— Iranian officials say billion, U . S . officials say much less—still remain frozen pending In 2009, there was discussion in the U . S . of implementing "crippling sanctions " against Iran , such as the Iran Refined Petroleum Sanctions Act of 2009, "if diplomatic overture did not show

"Imposing useless sanctions on Iran ' s Supreme Leader and the commander of Iran ' s diplomacy is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy ," Iranian U . S . officials have launched a diplomatic campaign to rally their allies in the face of the escalating crisis. Foreign Secretary Mike Pompeo jetted

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To contact the reporters on this story: Arsalan Shahla in Tehran at [email protected];Mahmoud Habboush in Abu Dhabi at [email protected]

To contact the editors responsible for this story: Nayla Razzouk at [email protected], Renee Bonorchis, Sara Marley

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