Publishe Date: 12:04 AM - 8/3/2018 | Print

Zarif says US addiction to sanctions ‘boundless’

Politics - Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif in a message said US addiction to sanctions has no bounds.

“US’ unlawful sanctions against two Turkish ministers - from an allied country - illustrates not just US administration's policy of pressure and extortion in lieu of statecraft, but that its addiction to sanctions knows no bounds,” Zarif wrote in his Twitter account on Thursday.

According to Turkish media ‘Daily Sabah’, “the US Treasury on Wednesday issued sanctions against Turkish officials including Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül and Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu in retaliation for Turkey's detainment of terror-linked US pastor Andrew Brunson.

'As a result of these actions, any property, or interest in property, of both Turkey's Minister of Justice Abdülhamit Gül and Turkey's Minister of Interior Süleyman Soylu within US jurisdiction is blocked, and US persons are generally prohibited from engaging in transactions with them, US Treasury announced in a statement.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the nuclear agreement.

Trump also said he would reinstate the US nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose “the highest level” of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.


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