China continues 'fair and lawful' business in Iran, despite US sanctions

China continues 'fair and lawful' business in Iran, despite US sanctions

The high-level meeting follows the reimposition of sanctions on Iran by the USA on Tuesday, which a White House statement said targeted the country's energy sector and foreign financial institutions doing business with the Central Bank of Iran.

The ministry also reminded Washington that Beijing follows a consistent policy of opposing any "unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction" indiscriminately practiced by the U.S. against members of the global community.

Most Iranians see U.S. hostility as a basic fact of life, so their frustration is largely directed at their own leaders for not handling the situation better.

China, Iran's top oil customer, buys roughly 650,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Tehran, or seven percent of China's total crude oil imports.

He doubled down on that sentiment Wednesday saying that before United States sanctions "nobody supported Iran".

Despite threats voiced by Washington, a number of countries have refused to bow to Trump's demands to cut ties with Iran.

Iran has been active in Syria, backing the government of President Bashar Assad, while also stoking violence in the southern part of the country and triggering military counterattacks from Israel.

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

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"Wherever you see Iranian activity you see Qassem Soleimani", said Votel, calling the Quds Force the principle threat in the region.

Donald Trump claimed they were "the most biting ever imposed" and warned that in November, sanctions would "ratchet up to yet another level" with an embargo on Iranian oil and blanket sanctions on Iranian banks.

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.

Mr Trump abandoned the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which saw Iran limit its controversial nuclear activities in exchange for sanctions relief, in May.

The surprise meeting comes as US-Iran relations are further strained amid the first wave of the US reinstated sanctions coming into force. Zarif said that Oman and Switzerland have acted as mediators in talks with America in the past but that there are now no direct or indirect talks being held with the United States.

Meanwhile, Italian Foreign Minister Moavero Milanesi said that "agreements have to be respected".

"America has zigzagged constantly, so now no one trusts them", he said.

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