Small Boat Harassment Remains Halted Despite Return of Iran Sanctions

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The withdrawal of the United States from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal led to the first tranche of related sanctions being reimposed on Tuesday.

"With regard to our situation do not be anxious at all".

Ri is on a two-day visit to Tehran, and is due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday.

In a commentary published by the Guardian on Wednesday, Khoshroo stressed that by ditching the nuclear deal with Iran and sanctioning countries engaged in business transactions with the country, the USA is violating UNSC Resolution 2231.

Rouhani claimed President Trump's exit from the nuclear deal revealed what he calls "America's lack of commitment to worldwide obligations".

North Korean state media lashed out at the USA on Monday for its determination to maintain sanctions against the DPRK while negotiations on its nuclear program are ongoing, describing it as the "tragicomedy of the century".

In November, a second batch of potentially more damaging sanctions will be reinstated on Iran's port operators, and the energy, shipping, and shipbuilding sectors.

The European Union has also unveiled a "blocking statute" meant to mitigate the impact of the U.S. sanctions on European firms doing legitimate business with Iran.

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Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France's oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler. But he says the USA military is "paying attention", and will "remain ready to protect ourselves".

Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Tuesday (Aug 7), on the same day the USA reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic republic.

Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the USA attempted to stop the Islamic Republic's oil exports.

Few American companies do much business in Iran so the impact of sanctions mainly stems from Washington's ability to block European and Asian firms from trading there.

Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States. "We can't get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield".

Trump said Monday that he was open to new talks to reach a "more comprehensive deal" with Iran.

Since it unilaterally pulled out of the deal in May, Washington has told other countries that they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4, or face U.S. financial measures.

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