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Iran says new sanctions mean the end of diplomacy



TEHRAN, Iran – Iran on Tuesday slammed the Trump administration over new US (19659002) In this picture released on Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the Supreme Leader Ayatollah, a senior official of the Islamic Republic, Ali Khamenei speaks in a meeting at his residence in Tehran, Iran. President of the Iranian Supreme Leader via AP

President Donald Trump enacted the new sanctions on Monday against Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and his associates. U.S. Pat. Iranian state-run IRNA news agency on Tuesday quoted Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi as saying that the Trump's move marks the end of diplomacy between the two countries

"The fruitless sanctions on Iran's leadership and the chief of Iranian diplomacy mean the permanent closure of the road of diplomacy with the frustrated US administration," Mousavi said.

Washington says measures have been taken to discourage Tehran from developing nuclear weapons and supporting militant groups. This comes amid heightened tensions between Iran and the United States over Tehran's unraveling nuclear deal with world powers

Mousavi's statement echoed that of Iran's U.N. Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi, who warned on Monday that the situation in the Persian Gulf is "very dangerous" and said any talks with the US is impossible in the face of escalating sanctions and intimidation. Meanwhile, the U.S. Envoy at the United Nations, Jonathan Cohen, said the Trump administration's goal is to bring Tehran back to negotiations.

And on Tuesday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton said the president was open to real negotiations and "all that Iran needs to do is walk through that open door"

Bolton spoke at a high-profile trilateral security summit in Jerusalem. envoys are surging across the region in hopes of finding a way out of escalating tensions between the US and Iran, but that the silence of the Islamic Republic has been "deafening."

"There is simply no evidence that Iran has made the strategic decision to renounce nuclear weapons," Bolton said. week of a US surveillance drone, worth over $ 1

00 million, over the Strait of Hormuz, an attack that sharply escalated the crisis in the Persian Gulf. After the downing of the drone, Trump pulled back from the brink of retaliatory military strikes, but continued his pressure campaign against Iran

Trump last year re-imposed sanctions on Iran after pulling the US (19659005) The latest round of sanctions denies Khamenei and senior Iranian military figures access to Iran, that they have access to any financial assets they have under US

Trump said the new sanctions are not only in response to the downing of the American drone. The U.S. has blamed Iran for attacks on two oil tankers this month near the Strait of Hormuz. Iran has denied any involvement.

Citing those episodes and intelligence about other Iranian threats, the U.S. has sent an aircraft carrier to the Persian Gulf region and deployed additional troops alongside the tens of thousands already there

The sanctions were announced as U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has held talks in the Middle East with officials in the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia on building a broad, global coalition that includes Asian and European countries to counter Iran. Pompeo is likely to make a tough sell in Europe and Asia, especially from those nations still committed to the 2015 nuclear deal


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