Iranian naval drill a warning on sanctions, says USA general

Daimler has a long presence in Iran where it sold up to 10,000 vehicles a year before 2010

CNPC is also about to take over Total's stake in the giant Iranian South Pars gas project after the French company chose to leave amid U.S. sanctions.

While Votel said the scope of the recent Iranian maritime exercise was similar to that of other exercises done in the region, its timing gave it added significance.

More sanctions targeting Iran's oil and gas industry are due to begin in November.

"Today, the (European) Council has endorsed the update of the blocking statute annex on the nuclear deal with Iran", Mogherini said after a meeting of European Foreign Ministers in Brussels.

The new United States sanctions, imposed on Tuesday, target Iran's access to dollars and its ability to trade in gold and other precious metals.

Sanctions also affect India's export of basmati rice.

"Stopping US trade and killing 100K US jobs is fine with us, but the world won't follow impulsive tweeted diktats".

Moreover, Votel said there were no unsafe or unprofessional interactions between the Iranians and American warships during the exercise, continuing a roughly year-long pattern of professional interactions between the two sides.

On Tuesday, Russia said it was "deeply disappointed by United States steps to reimpose its national sanctions against Iran" as it pledged to do "everything necessary" to protect its shared economic interests with Tehran. Thus, it is hard for India to stop doing business with Tehran. Critics accused him of mismanagement and blamed him for the country's recent economic problems, which have been exacerbated by the restoration of USA sanctions lifted under the 2015 nuclear agreement.

At the same time, they blasted the European Union for its continuing support for the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with Iran.

In a blistering criticism of the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, the four-star United States general in charge of USA military of operations in the Middle East said Qasem Soleimani is behind much of Iran's destabilizing activities in the region.

The EU's response to Donald Trump's sanctions on Iran is unravelling after European businesses defied their calls to maintain investment in the country.

"We do not have to adhere to the sanctions imposed on a country by another country".

In addition, America's ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley, who is of Indian descent, visited New Delhi last month to ask that India reduce its Iranian oil imports.

The Syrian Foreign Ministry condemned Washington as well, saying that Syria supports Iran in the face of the "aggressive" US policies.

The U.S. Navy has reported zero unsafe or unprofessional interactions with the Iranian military since August 2017.

The sanctions, which were initially lifted under the deal, center on the auto industry and any instance of Iran buying USA dollars.

"In the current situation, friendly countries should develop their relations and cooperation in (the) global community", he said, adding Iran and North Korea have "always had close views" on many issues.

Iran's national flags are seen on a square in Tehran February 10, 2012, a day before the anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.



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