Iran naval drills created to send message to Washington, US general says

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif right greets North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Tehran on Tuesday

Mogherini added that the EU's member states were doing all they could to save the nuclear deal with Iran, but admitted Trump's new Iran policy could still wreck the JCPOA.

Washington's unilateral anti-Iran campaign has nothing to do with global law and fair trade, and thus the threat of potential sanctions won't affect Beijing's sovereign right to freely choose its business partners. Washington also aims to renew its sanctions on Iran's energy sector in November.

Despite all the fearless words of defiance when the U.S. announced renewed sanctions against Iran, German firms are suspending business with the Middle Eastern country now that they are in place for fear of President Donald Trump's wrath.

"China's lawful rights should be protected".

Bingmann and Treier were reacting to the new us sanctions against Russian Federation but also to punitive measures against Iran and reciprocal tariffs and trade threats by the USA and China.

"With regard to our situation do not be anxious at all. Nobody can do anything", Mr Khamenei said. "There is no doubt about this".

Ri was reported to have met with President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday before returning to North Korea. "He believes that it deserves continued support and that all of the parties to that agreement need to abide by its terms", spokesman Farhan Haq said.

On Tuesday, the USA reinstated sanctions targeting the Iranian government's purchase of U.S. dollars, Iran's trade in gold and other precious metals, and its automotive sector. "We really just encourage the United States to start talking to its partners and Iran in order to be able to find a route forward". Thus, it is hard for India to stop doing business with Tehran.

French vehicle manufacturer Renault also said it would be complying with U.S. sanctions, having previously announced plans to increase production capacity in the country. Some 18 million barrels of oil move through the strait each day, making it one of the world's most busy chokepoints.

The arrival of North Korea's foreign minister in Tehran just hours after Donald Trump had reinstated sanctions against Iran was "no coincidence", analysts believe, and is created to send the message that Pyongyang is reinforcing its alliances as denuclearisation talks with the United States stall.

The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure from the United States, but described the operation as very small.

Chinese companies are also interested in Iran's oil and gas projects.

Ri arrived in Tehran after reportedly sparring with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo during a summit of Asian nations in Singapore over the weekend.

"If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences", Zarif told the Iran newspaper.

Other video distributed Wednesday showed a heavy police presence in a number of places, including a government security convoy stationed along a major highway near Bandar Abbas, in apparent anticipation of possible protests in the area.

Rouhani hinted last month that Iran could block the Strait of Hormuz, a major oil shipping route, if the US attempted to stop the Islamic Republic's oil exports.

The general said he has come up with no explanation why those aggressive actions - the vast majority carried out by Iranian Revolutionary Guard swift boats - have ceased.

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