Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions

Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions

Iran dismisses US talks offer as Trump reimposes sanctions

Iran dismissed a USA offer to renegotiate a historic 2015 nuclear deal signed with other major powers as President Donald Trump reimposed crippling sanctions on Tuesday.

Iranians voiced anger, fear and defiance on Tuesday as the United States reimposed sanctions and their leaders dismissed President Donald Trump's offer of talks as an act of "psychological warfare". Further sanctions on Iran's lucrative oil industry and energy sector are due to follow in November.

The US goal is to get the Iranian regime to stop meddling in countries from Syria to Yemen, halt its ballistic missile programme and commit to stricter limits on its nuclear program, not to overthrow the government, the administration officials said.

Iran is accusing the US of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest.

"We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the U.S", the European Union said in a statement.

Hailing the law, Mr Burt said it would protect European businesses.

Trump decided this year to pull out of the agreement, ignoring pleas from the other world powers that had co-sponsored the deal, including Washington's main European allies Britain, France and Germany, as well as Russian Federation and China.

Asked about threats to close the Strait of Hormuz, Mr Bolton said that would be Iran's "worst mistake yet".

Daimler (DDAIF) said in a statement that Iran's automotive markets have been significantly weaker than expected, and it had not yet resumed production or sale of Mercedes cars or trucks in the country.

White House national security adviser John Bolton said on Monday Iran's only chance of escaping sanctions would be to take up an offer to negotiate with Trump for a tougher deal.

Whether to comply with U.S. sanctions or keep doing business in Iran is a "purely economic decision", one senior official argued. He dismissed a USA call for talks, saying "we are always in favour of diplomacy and talks..."

He said that the sanctions will be "fully enforced" in an "aggressive manner", including countries and companies dealing with Iran. "But talks need honesty", Rouhani said. The value of the Iranian rial has plunged ahead of the move.

"If you're an enemy and you stab the other person with a knife, and then you say you want negotiations, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife", the Iranian leader said in an interview on state television. "But if the government has a serious plan they can control the situation".

"It is a commercial decision for companies whether they continue to work in Iran".

But the European Commission has implemented a previously unused regulation that seeks to cancel the effect of the United States policy on European companies doing "legitimate business" with Iran.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the renewed sanctions as "an important moment for Israel, for the U.S., for the region, for the whole world".

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