Iran, Russia review US anti-Iran measures

Moscow, April 23, IRNA – Iran’s ambassador to Russia Mehdi Sanaei and Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov in a meeting on Tuesday discussed the latest regional and international developments as well as anti-Iran measures taken by the US.

The two officials exchanged views on the unilateral sanctions adopted by the US and provocative measures of the country. They also discussed Venezuela crisis and Iran’s cooperation with International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) on its peaceful nuclear program.

Both sides reiterated that the US measures contradict international regulations and lead to chaos across the globe.

US President Donald Trump, in an unwise move on April 8, labeled IRGC which is a part of Iran's official armed forces as a terrorist entity. 'The IRGC is the Iranian government’s primary means of directing and implementing its global terrorist campaign,' Trump said.

'We will continue to increase financial pressure and raise the costs on the Iranian regime for its support of terrorist activity until it abandons its malign and outlaw behavior,' Trump added.

The US president had already announced his country’s unilateral exit from a hard-won multilateral deal on Iran’s nuclear program.

Following the US withdrawal from Iran nuclear deal, Washington imposed two rounds of sanctions on Iran, the second of which targeted the country’s oil sector and said any country that continues to buy Iranian oil will be cut off from US trade market.

Washington, however, granted six-month waivers to eight buyers of Iranian oil and said it would consider the extension of waivers granted to the eight countries after the six-month period.

Despite the global concerns about the probable turbulences in the oil market, the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, in a press conference on Monday, took another unilateral hostile step against the Islamic Republic of Iran announcing the exemptions will not be extended. He vowed to bring Iran’s oil exports to zero.

Few hours after the US announcement, Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that as Iran regards the US sanctions on the country as illegal, it basically gives no credit to exemptions from these sanctions.

Mousavi however noted that the negative impacts of these sanctions are likely to exacerbate as the exemptions has not been extended and therefore Iran’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs is in constant contact with related internal bodies and is also busy negotiating with foreign allies, either the European and international ones and the neighbors in this regard.

He said that the results of these contacts and negotiations will be conveyed to high decision making bodies of the Iranian system to adopt and announce the due decision in regard to the new developments.

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