05292017Mon

Iran says new U.S. sanctions aimed at creating tension

Reuters: Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that U.S. sanctions imposed this week as part of a broader effort to force Tehran to scrap sensitive nuclear work were aimed at "creating tension" in the Islamic state ahead of June presidential elections. DUBAI (Reuters) - Iran's Foreign Ministry said on Friday that U.S. sanctions imposed this week as part of a broader effort to force Tehran to scrap sensitive nuclear work were aimed at "creating tension" in the Islamic state ahead of June presidential elections.

Washington imposed sanctions on Iran's main agency in charge of broadcasting on Wednesday for helping the government censor Western reports, and targeted Iran's oil earnings in an effort to prevent funds being used on its disputed atomic program.

The West believes Iran is seeking to develop nuclear weapons but Iran maintains its nuclear program is entirely peaceful.

"The new round of sanctions ... are designed to put pressure on the nation and to create a gap between the (Iranian) nation and government," Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast was quoted as saying by the semi-official Fars news agency.

"In the remaining time to the (presidential) election, they want to create tension, crisis and instability in the country by imposing great pressure," he added.

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran's highest authority, on Thursday rebuffed a U.S. offer of direct talks, saying Iran would not be intimidated by pressure or the threat of military action.

(Reporting by Zahra Hosseinian; Editing by Jon Boyle)

Search

Over 150 Members of European Parliament Condemn Fake Elections in Iran

Iran - Esfahan. May 17, 2017. People Chant: Shame on You Raisi, Get out of Politics

In the Run - up to the Iran Election, People Set Fire to Raise Campaign Banners

IRAN:MOST SHOCKING SCENES OF CARS AND PASSENGERS DROWNED IN THE FLOOD

IRAN : HORRIBLE FLOOD SCENES

Iran: ُHorrible scene of a family trapped in a car, swallowed by flood in Sistan & Baluchestan

Iran: Tehran's Iconic High-Rise (Plasco Building) Collapsed Due to Fire

Two prisoners were hanged in Sarpol-e Zahab (western Iran)

More than 1,500 retired teachers held a protest gathering in front of Iran Regime's parliament

Iran: Execution of four young men in public in Qeshm- 23 November

The untold story of the 1988 Massacre in Iran

Reyhaneh Jabbari's will Her voice recording from inside prison

Public execution in Kazerun, Iran - August 11, 2016