Germany warns US Iran sanctions could cause Middle East 'chaos'

Germany warns US Iran sanctions could cause Middle East 'chaos'

North Korean state media lashed out at the US on Monday for its determination to maintain sanctions against the DPRK while negotiations on its nuclear program are ongoing, describing it as the "tragicomedy of the century".

"With regard to our situation do not be anxious at all".

The visit coincided with the United States reimposing sanctions on Iran after President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 multilateral nuclear deal in May.

In an interview with the Iran newspaper published on Wednesday, Mr Zarif said the Trump administration's stated aim of cutting Iranian oil exports to zero was "meaningless" and "impossible".

"China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction", the Chinese foreign ministry said in a faxed statement to Reuters, responding to questions on the new U.S. sanctions and Trump's threats on firms doing business with Iran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea's foreign minister, said that America could not be trusted, according to the Islamic Republic News Agency.

The next round of punitive measures will come into effect in November and will target Iran's oil industry.

"These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed", Trump tweeted on Tuesday. "But now, all the countries in the world are supporting Iran".

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Among large European companies that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France's oil major Total and its big carmakers, PSA and Renault.

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

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

Mr Zarif said European powers - who say the nuclear deal is working - were asking other countries to continue buying Iranian oil or even start doing so when the next batch of United States sanctions take effect.

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a US plan to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero would not succeed.

"We are in solidarity with the European Union position, obviously we are closely monitoring this and we are doing everything possible on the diplomatic level to stimulate a direct dialogue between the United States and Iran, and we think that dialogue should always prevail", he said.

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.

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".

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