Iranian officials have spent two months against the Tampa administration's sanctions, blocking their oil sales as an "economic war".
But the answer to the latest US sanctions imposed on Monday is directed against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and others
"Funny," a headline from the official Fars agency, which is linked to the Islamic Revolutionary Corps Corps.
"Are there really any sanctions that the United States has" imposed on our country and the people over the last 40 years? "Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi asked reporters in Tehran" What did he do? "
Unlike the threats and the harshness of Tehran's previous responses to the Trump administration's maximum pressure campaign, Iranians of the entire political spectrum have rejected the latest embargo on Monday no more than insults. Both Solidarists and Reformers say the new sanctions will have little practical impact, in addition to undermining Trump's repeated claims that he is trying to resume talks with Tehran only if he restricts his nuclear weapons program. Today, it has officially shut down all windows and doors for the negotiations between the US and Iran, "said Hasan Soleymani, editor-in-chief of the Revolutionary Guards Guard Masireg, in a Tehran telephone interview. "If Trump hoped to negotiate with Iran, he can only dream about it now."
Mr. Khamenei, the most prominent individual targeting the latest sanctions, for example, never travels outside of Iran, and the conglomerate he controls, Sethad, does not rely enough on international banking. New sanctions forbidding him from entering the United States or doing business with US financial institutions will have little or no impact on the ayatollah.
The same goes for most of the other individuals who were sanctioned on Monday. Several are senior Republican Guard officers. The Trump administration in April described the watch as a terrorist organization and it forbid them to enter the United States or do business with Americans.
Still, the gesture can still come at a price. According to the Iranian political system, Mr Khamenei's personal consent is necessary in order to start any negotiations with the United States, and the new sanctions will hardly win him. Moreover, apart from being Iran's top political leader, Mr. Khamenei is honored by some Iranians as the only spiritual authority, and Iranians can also be offended.
The sanctions against Khamenei and other senior officials are "a clear violation of Iran's sovereignty and international norms," said Twitter Twitter Abbas Kadaliyski, spokesman for the Guardians Council, the strong authority that controls the work of elected officials.
to add sanctions aimed at Iranian Foreign Minister Mohamed Javad Zarif. Mr Zarif has been educated in the United States, and within the Iranian political system he is considered temperamental – the kind of figures he claims to be able to discard and the previous US administrations have sought to develop. As Foreign Minister, he will also be the main conductor for negotiations with Tehran.
Both reformers and hardline officials said on Monday that Mr Zarif's sanctioning order seriously undermined Mr Trump's allegations that he was trying to resume talks with Iran on a revised agreement to curb his nuclear weapons program.
"The crucial moment for Zarif's sanction is the reality that the United States is not really after the talks," writes Ali Gosalidde, an advocate of the reform that was closed to repression after a wave of pro-democracy protests in 2008
In tweet on Monday, Mr Zarif called the latest evidence of the sanctions that the Trump's hawks now "crave for war."
only encouraged the revolutionary guards and other solid elements of the army to direct Iran's foreign policy towards more confrontation with the United States, said Mr. Soleymman of the Guards Agency. Washington, he said, has now silenced the most moderate voices in the Iranian government and those most likely to advocate negotiations
How Iranian leaders can react in the coming days, remains to be seen. Already before the addition of new sanctions targeted at individuals, the Iranian economy was subjected to strong pressure from the previous round of restrictions and penalties. Announced in April, these sanctions are aimed at interrupting all Iranian oil sales aimed at the vital force of the Iranian economy.
The Iranian government has announced that, in response to these sanctions, for the first time in four years, it will renew the steps that could lead to the development of nuclear weapons. Iran has agreed to restrictions limiting its nuclear research as part of the 2015 agreement with the United States and other international powers. Mr Trump withdrew from the deal last year with a promise to negotiate more stringent
As the Trump administration imposed petroleum sanctions, the White House accused Iran of using military mines to damage six tankers in two incidents around the Persian bay. Last week, the Revolutionary Guard also dropped a US missile for surveillance, and the United States arrived within minutes of a missile attack on Iran before Mr Trump canceled it. Adding more sanctions, some senior Iranian officials are imagining how a new round of talks might look like. , adviser to President Hasan Ruhani, who is also considered a moderate voice in the political system.
If Washington wants something more than the existing nuclear agreement, "then he has to offer us more than the deal with international guarantees," – said Ashena