Trump team unites in bid to topple Iran regime

Iran FM says Trump, Mohammed Bin Salman, Netanyahu are ‘isolated’

The United States reimposed stiff economic sanctions on Iran on Monday, renewing pressure on the Islamic Republic despite statements of doubt from European allies, three months after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the global accord originally brokered by Barack Obama.

An executive order by President Donald Trump reimposed the sanctions on financial transactions that involve US dollars, Iran's automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold.

The second phase of United States sanctions, which takes effect on 5 November and will block Iran's oil sales, is due to cause more damage, but several countries including China, India and Turkey have indicated they are not willing to entirely cut their Iranian energy purchases.

"We are determined to protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran", she said in a statement co-signed by the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.

Iran has accused the USA of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by the Obama administration, and of causing the country's recent economic unrest.

"We deeply regret the re-imposition of sanctions by the U.S., due to the latter's withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA)", according to a statement on Monday from the foreign ministers of the UK, Germany, France and the EU.

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.

"I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" he said. Rouhani, who has denounced Trump's decision to quit the accord, is expected to address his nation later on Monday.

Whether to comply with United States sanctions or keep doing business in Iran is a "purely economic decision", one senior official argued.

"We are always in favor of diplomacy and talks..."

We are doing our best to keep Iran in the deal, to keep Iran benefiting from the economic benefits that the agreement brings to the people of Iran because we believe this is in the security interests of not only our region, but also of the world.

"Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States", Trump vowed on Twitter.

"Sanctions will go into full effect and will remind the Iranian regime of the diplomatic and economic isolation that results from its reckless and malign activity", said Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in May. "But talks need honesty".

"If Iran were really serious they'd come to the table".

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the sanctions symbolize "the determination to block Iran's regional aggression as well as its continuous plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons".

But many large European firms are leaving Iran for fear of USA penalties, and Trump warned of "severe consequences" for firms and individuals that continued to do business with Iran.

"We'll find out whether they are or not", he said on Fox News.

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