Iran ambassador: Trump's sanctions violate United Nations security council resolution

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

Turkey's Energy Minister Fatih Donmez also said that his country would continue to buy natural gas from Iran.

"The Iran sanctions have officially been cast", he tweeted.

His trip came on the same day that the US restored sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

"China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions", it added in a faxed statement to Reuters.

The Rodong Sinmun also ran a story on Wednesday appearing to support Iran's own recent pushback against the USA, saying the "threats and sanctions regime can not affect the will and spirit of the Iranian people". "These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level".

European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out.

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

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.

Zarif said in his Wednesday remarks that the world was taking Iran's side in the face of USA acts.

Citing a sharp reduction of Iranian missile tests and drop-off in the harassment of USA 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.

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USA officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero as a means of pressuring Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programmes and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

Mr Zarif added the idea of halting the exports of Iran's most valuable goods "simplistic and impossible" and will lead to "consequences".

"The countries now the USA is negotiating with have told Washington that they will continue their oil purchases from Iran", he explained.

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.

The first round of reimposed United States sanctions targeting Iran's aviation and auto industries, as well as its banking system snapped back on Tuesday.

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

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in USA relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country.

Countries like Russia, China and Turkey, however, have said that they would not abide by the United States sanctions, and would continue to trade with Iran. Zarif told reporters on state broadcaster IRINN.

Despite Trump's threats of retribution against companies operating in the Iranian market, the European Union on Monday issued a "blocking statute" to protect European businesses from the impact of the sanctions.

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