US bullying will harm international system: FM
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says US bullying will cause problems for the international system.
Publish date : Saturday 24 November 2018 10:11
In a meeting with President of Italian Chamber of Deputies Roberto Fico in Rome on Friday, Zarif added that the US unilateral and illegal moves to withdraw from a multilateral nuclear agreement and exert pressure on other countries are instances of bullying which would have short-term and long-term negative outcomes in the international system.
He emphasized that Iran would successfully handle the ongoing situation.
In May, US President Donald Trump withdrew his country from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), under which Tehran agreed to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions, and decided to re-impose unilateral sanctions against Tehran.
Earlier this month, the Trump administration announced the re-imposition of the “toughest” sanctions ever against Iran's banking and energy sectors with the aim of cutting off the country's oil sales and crucial exports.
A first round of American sanctions took effect in August, targeting Iran's access to the US dollar, metals trading, coal, industrial software, and auto sector.
The US administration had been hoping to get the other parties to the deal with Iran to likewise scrap the deal. Instead, they have stressed that not only will they stick to the agreement, but they will also work to sustain it in the face of increased US pressure.