Iran sanctions: United States can't stop our oil exports, says minister

TENSE IN TEHRAN: The President Slams Iran With 'MOST BITING SANCTIONS EVER IMPOSED'

President Rouhani shot back at Trump via Twitter Tuesday night, suggesting Iran would continue trading with the "EU, Russia, China & dozens of our other trading partners".

That's because the EU is trying to protect European businesses that are trading in Iran from facing USA sanctions. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.

"For the first time in the history of the United Nations, the United States - a permanent member of the security council with veto power - is engaging in penalising nations across the entire world; not for violating a security council resolution, rather, for abiding by it", Khoshroo wrote.

The Rodong Sinmun also ran a story on Wednesday appearing to support Iran's own recent pushback against the US, saying the "threats and sanctions regime can not affect the will and spirit of the Iranian people".

European countries have also vowed to protect the nuclear deal by continuing to trade with Iran.

It involves possible punishments to European companies if they comply with Washington's demands, while offering them a chance to sue the USA for interference.

"We still think that it is a mistake to give up on the nuclear accord with Iran", Maas said in an interview with the daily Passauer Neue Presse.

Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France's oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler.

On Wednesday, China's foreign ministry said it opposed the US' "unilateral sanctions" and "long-armed jurisdiction", adding its business ties with Iran were "open, transparent and lawful".

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Turkey, however, said it would continue to buy natural gas from Iran.

Citing a sharp reduction of Iranian missile tests and drop-off in the harassment of US naval vessels in the Persian Gulf by the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Dubowitz said Tehran has been "more cautious and more reticent" than it was under the Obama administration.

"If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences".

Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the US attempted to stop the Islamic Republic's oil exports.

Despite the political will to hold firm, many large European firms such as German automaker Daimler are leaving Iran for fear of U.S. penalties.

Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States.

The top Iranian diplomat said the Americans need to be answerable to the Iranian people in numerous cases, adding that given the deep distrust the United States has caused over the past decades, the Iranians can hardly find a reason to talk to them. "We can't get drawn into a confrontation with America by falling into this war room trap and playing on a battlefield". He added that the sanctions are just one component of the Trump administration's strategy to combat the Iranian regime.

"If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife", Rouhani said in a speech broadcast live on state television.

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