North Korea has denounced as “ludicrous” US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s remarks on maintaining international sanctions on the country, warning that Pyongyang could abandon denuclearization talks with Washington.
Iran said on Wednesday it was open "to any initiative" as parties to the 2015 nuclear deal stepped up efforts to save the accord which has been on life support since a 2018 decision by the US to withdraw from it and reimpose sanctions.
Russia and China on Monday proposed easing some sanctions against North Korea on condition that Pyongyang commits to UN Security Council resolutions on denuclearization, a move the United States rejected as premature.
Former Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi described as unlawful US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal endorsed by the United Nations Security Council Resolution 2231, saying US has no right to impose sanctions against Iran.
A group of senior Iranian diplomats in a statement described the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif's sanction as “sanction of diplomacy” and indicated that "Team B" on its way to achieve its illegitimate goals has no respect for "diplomacy" as the most obvious "norm" accepted by the international community.
The United States decided not to impose sanctions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif for now, two sources familiar with the matter said on Thursday, in a sign Washington may be holding a door open for diplomacy.
Iranian Vice President for Science and Technology Sorena Sattari said that the government is determined to support and strengthen home producers and entrepreneurs who make items and goods which are sanctioned by the US.
Iranian oil exports, which have been struggling due to US sanctions since late last year, have recovered close to prior levels, supported by unflinching demand from China and South Korea, data from shipping sources and provisional tanker tracking data showed.
The US Treasury Department has announced sanctions against the Russian bank Evrofinance Mosnarbank over its dealings with Venezuela's state-owned oil company PDVSA, part of US-led efforts to oust the democratically elected government of President Nicolas Maduro.