Iran condemns Saudi Arabia, Bahrain for supporting U.S. oil sanctions

Larry Hoffman
April 27, 2019

Later in the day, Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman Seyyed Abbas Mousavi criticized the State Department's "hasty" reaction to FM Zarif's proposal and its call for the "unilateral release" of all USA prisoners. "Let's not discuss that", he said.

Ghodskani, a legal resident of Australia, was arrested after U.S. prosecutors said she sought United States digital communications technology by presenting herself as an employee of a Malaysian company.

"We believe that Iran will continue to sell its oil", Zarif said, according to AP.

The designation of the IRGC, a veritable power center in Iran's polity under the direct control of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, will result in the freezing of assets in the US and a ban on Americans doing business with the Guard.

In somewhat cryptic remarks, Zarif also warned of the possibility that people could try "to plot an accident" that could trigger a broader crisis.

Inflation in Iran reached almost 50 percent previous year, while food prices spiked over 70 percent, creating unrest and prompting Tehran to keep up its anti-U.S. narrative to deflect any responsibility it bears for bringing the sanctions in the first place. This is the first time an entire government entity has been labelled a foreign terrorist organization, signalling a new toughening of USA pressure vis-à-vis Tehran.

China, the world's biggest buyer of Iranian oil, has formally complained to the United States, while Turkey is also lobbying for exemptions.

U.S. won't renew exemptions from sanctions for 8 nations, including India, to buy Iranian oil.

"We believe their charges are phony", he said of Iranians held in the U.S.

"If the United States wanted to continue to observe the rules of engagement, the rules of the game, the channels of communication, the prevailing protocols, then in spite of the fact that we consider USA presence in the Persian Gulf as inherently destabilizing, we're not going to take any action", Zarif said.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Asia Society that Iran has not yet received a response from the Trump administration.

Zarif said the woman had given birth in prison. Nevertheless, traditional business models are no longer sustainable and high-quality publications, like ours, are being forced to look for new ways to keep going. Tehran has stated that it will continue to export however much oil that it needs to.

The comments came three days after the United States demanded importers halt oil purchases from Tehran from May - or face punitive action. "We have a PhD in that area", Zarif said.

Consultancy Rystad Energy said Saudi Arabia and its main allies could replace lost Iranian oil.

Washington-based lawyer Mark Zaid told The Associated Press that White was convicted of insulting Iran's supreme leader and posting private information online, but information surrounding the case remained vague.

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