News ID: 256179
Published: 0215 GMT July 22, 2019

Zarif: US sanctions on Iran violation of law, tantamount to 'economic terrorism'

Zarif: US sanctions on Iran violation of law, tantamount to 'economic terrorism'

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said in a speech at the ministerial meeting of the Coordinating Bureau of Non-Aligned Movement in Caracas, Venezuela on Sunday that the US sanctions against Iran amount to 'economic terrorism' that encourages politically-motivated violence and intimidation among the civilian population.

"Terrorism is use of violence and intimidation against civilians in pursuit of political aims. The US is thus engaged in Economic Terrorism. It cannot be called “sanctions”, as they're not designed to enforce laws. They in fact violate law," Zarif said in tweet following the meeting with a video of speech, Sputnik reported.

Tensions have been on the rise between the United States and Iran since US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew his country from Iran’s nuclear deal with world powers last year in May.

Since then, in a succession of restrictive measures, Washington has put almost all major economy sectors of Iran under its sanctions.

Last week, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran was ready to hold negotiations with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and gives up “bullying."

In May, Tehran announced its own decision to partially suspend obligations under the deal and giving the other signatories — France, Germany, the United Kingdom, Russia, China and the European Union — 60 days to save the accord by facilitating oil exports and trade with Iran.

As the deadline expired, Iran began enriching uranium beyond the 3.67 percent level, set in the deal, warning of further actions after another 60-day period.




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