US sanctions on Iran Central Bank ‘war crime’: Minister

HELSINKI, Aug. 20, 2019 (Xinhua) — Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif speaks to the media in Helsinki, Finland, Aug. 19, 2019. Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday welcomed the end of the seizure of the tanker Grace 1 (renamed Adrian Darya 1) in Gibraltar. Asked to comment on the reports that the ship is going to Greece to offload its cargo, Zarif said Iran cannot be very transparent about the transport of its oil because of the U.S. sanctions. Zarif talked to the media in Helsinki on Monday after talks with Finnish Foreign Minister Pekka Haavisto. (Photo by Matti Matikainen/Xinhua/IANS)

Tehran, Oct 9 (IANS) Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday said the US move to impose sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran is a “war crime”.

“The US administration’s decision to impose new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is tantamount to a war crime, because it obstructs the purchase of medicines and foodstuff,” Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

“The US recent measures against Iran do not entail the conditions for the imposition of sanctions, but involves conditions for economic terrorism,” Zarif said at a conference on global economy and sanctions here.

He added that the White House has built its economic war strategy on the basis of violating international laws, Xinhua reported.

As a move to heighten pressures on Iran following the US’ exit from the Iranian nuclear deal last year, US President Donald Trump’s administration recently imposed fresh sanctions on the CBI to further curtail Iran’s financial transactions with the international community.

 

 

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