Russia criticizes extended US sanctions against Iran | TIME ONLINE

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Just as China already has Russia Criticized the announcement by the US government to extend sanctions on oil imports from Iran. The Russian Foreign Ministry said that US policy is becoming “more aggressive and ruthless.” “Washington does not even hide its desire to subjugate the world to its will.” At the same time, Moscow praised the “restraint” of the Iranian government with regard to “the arrogant American provocations”.

Earlier this week, the US government announced it was sanctioning Iran's oil business even more severely. Exemptions for certain countries should expire on 2 May. Would be affected China, Greece, India, Italy, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan and Turkey. Companies from these countries had previously been allowed to import Iranian oil without penalty.

Iran is threatening to block the Strait of Hormuz

First, the Iranian Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) had the approach of United States criticized and threatened with a blockade of the Strait of Hormuz in the Persian Gulf, if the US should stop the oil export of the Islamic Republic. The Strait of Hormuz is considered the most important oil trade route, shipping almost a third of global oil exports. “As long as we can export our oil, Hormus remains open, if not, then there is no more logic,” said IRGC Naval Commander Aliresa Tangsiri according to the news agency Isna.

President Hassan Ruhani had also threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz several times in the event of US sanctions Iran Should block oil exports. The government also reserves the right to withdraw from the 2015 Vienna Atomic Energy Treaty in this case. Following the attack on Ruhani, Iran has complied with all technical obligations in the nuclear deal. However, sanctions, which should be lifted under the agreement, still existed and would be exacerbated by the US.

EU and China criticize US action

Criticism also came from the EU. Commission spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic said she risks further “undermining” the nuclear deal with Iran. The Chinese government criticized the fact that the end of the waivers violates China's interests and will intensify the turmoil in the Middle East and international energy markets.

State Department spokesman Geng Shuang said the US acted outside its jurisdiction when they unilaterally imposed sanctions. Normal interaction between Iran and other countries was “reasonable and lawful” and deserved respect and protection. China will continue to work to protect the interests of its businesses, reflecting the country's desire to secure overseas markets, Shuang said.

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