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US Resort to Sanctions Jeopardizing Its Own Economy: Zarif

2019-09-04 14:41:07
The Iranian foreign minister has slammed the latest US sanctions against Iran’s civilian space industry, saying the United States’ resort to sanctions even jeopardizes its own economic potential.

“These US sanctions have no effect, and the world, too, will gradually begin to make fun of the US, and they have only stopped short of imposing sanctions on themselves as they have already sanctioned everyone else, and every day they take a new measure against a government,” said Zarif in reaction to US sanctions on Iran’s Space Agency.

He said the White House has gone to the extreme in using economic pressure as a lever, so much so that such moves even threaten the United States’ own economic potentialities.

He said economic relations have remained in place between Iran Russian and China, which are two of the remaining JCPOA signatories.

“Unfortunately, the Europeans failed to maintain their economic ties with Iran,” the foreign minister said.

He said Iran has already announced in a letter to European Union Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini as well as in a statement by the Supreme National Security Council that Tehran has adopted the necessary measures under Article 36 of the JCPOA.

“We announced in the very same letters that we would take those measures within a planned timeframe, but at the same time would continue to hold talks,” Zarif noted.

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