Iran Scoffs at the US for Sanctioning a Sunken Ship and a Closed Bank

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamad Yavad Zarif has mocked the United States for including on its list of 700 sanctioned entities on Monday a ship that sank in January and a bank that has been closed for six years.

Zarif said that this movement is “a desperate psychological operation to expand the list of sanctioned Iranian entities,” according to a tweet published in the last few hours.

According to the head of Iranian diplomacy, this type of sanctions proves that the policies of Washington are directed in an “indiscriminate” manner against the Iranian population.

With his criticism, Zarif referred to the Tat Bank, closed since September 2012, and the tanker Sanchi, which sank in January this year after suffering an accident in the East China Sea, killing around thirty sailors.

Previously, the foreign minister had denounced that the reimposition of sanctions by the US challenged the “highest tribunal of the UN and the Security Council.”

“US intimidation is counterproductive (…) the world can not allow President Donald Trump and company to destroy the global order,” he said.

The US government yesterday sanctioned 700 individuals, companies and entities in Iran, mainly from its energy and financial sectors, but announced that eight countries (China, India, Italy, Greece, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey) will be exempt. for six months of those restrictions on the purchase of oil.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo explained that these exemptions seek only to “guarantee a well-supplied oil market” and insisted that his government continue with its “unprecedented economic pressure campaign” to force Iran to end its “activities” malignant “in the Middle East.

Iran Scoffs at the US for Sanctioning a Sunken Ship and a Closed Bank

Before Washington detailed its punitive measures against Iran, Iranian President Hasan Rohaní said his country will “proudly” draw sanctions and continue selling its oil.


Source: El Nuevo Herald