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NEWS: Iran’s foreign minister says latest US sanctions means ‘closing channel of diplomacy for ever’ June 25, 2019 at 04:45AM

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Iran’s Foreign Minister tweeting that out.
I guess that’s just what the kids are doing now, right?
Anyway, forever is a long time. With any luck there will be some thawing in relations between the two countries. hard to see it though, I’ll admit. Tension s will continue to be a support for oil. And yen. its

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The Guardian:

 

Iran has said that a US decision to impose sanctions on the country’s supreme leader and other top officials permanently closed the path to diplomacy between Tehran and Washington.

“Imposing useless sanctions on Iran’s supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and the commander of Iran’s diplomacy (foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet on Tuesday.

“Trump’s desperate administration is destroying the established international mechanisms for maintaining world peace and security.”

US president Donald Trump targeted Khamenei and other top Iranian officials with sanctions on Monday, taking an unprecedented step to increase pressure on Iran after Tehran’s downing of an unmanned American drone.

Washington said it would also impose sanctions on Iran’s foreign minister Zarif this week. He negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal with the US and other major powers, and has spearheaded Iranian diplomacy since. Khamenei is Iran’s utmost authority who has the last say on all state matters.

Signing an executive order in the Oval Office, Trump called the increased sanctions “hard-hitting”, saying they would deny the supreme leader, his office and and those closely affiliated with him access to key financial resources.

“These measures represent a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative actions,” Trump said.

“We do not seek conflict with Iran or any other country,” the US president added. “I can only tell you we cannot ever let Iran have a nuclear weapon.”

Standing alongside Trump, the treasury secretary, Steven Mnuchin, said the measures would freeze billions of dollars in Iranian assets.

But analysts said their impact on an already heavily-sanctioned country would be limited

“The newly announced Iransanctions are symbolic,” said Jarrett Blanc, a former senior state department official now at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace.

Trump said he was willing to pursue dialogue with Tehran without preconditions, but the sanctions appeared to make such talks even less likely.

The Iranian ambassador to the UN, Majid Takht-Ravanchi, said: “No one in clear mind can have a dialogue with somebody who is threatening you with sanctions as long as that is still there is no way we can have a dialogue.”

The ratcheting up of tensions between the two countries comes in the wake of the Gulf of Oman tanker attacks, when two vessels were damaged by explosions. The Trump administration blamed Iran for the attacks, but Tehran denied responsibility.

Then last week a US drone was shot down by Iran, further escalating the crisis. The US president responded by ordering an attack on Iran, before pulling back and opting for stronger sanctions instead.

Tensions with Iran have been mounting since Trump withdrew theUS from the 2015 nuclear deal last year and began applying pressure onTehranthrough economic sanctions.

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