Iran Condemns US Sanctions against China, Russia

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Iran’s Foreign Ministry Spokesman has condemned the latest US sanctions against Chinese and Russian firms and individuals, warning the international community about the consequences of Washington’s arbitrary bans and economic terrorism.

“The US regime’s recent sanctions against certain countries are against the UN Security Council Resolution 2231, which has emphasized and encouraged the cooperation of all countries with Iran,” Mousavi said in a Friday statement.

“Through this move, the US administration is punishing other countries for respecting a resolution that even America had voted for,” he added.

The spokesman slammed the measures taken by Trump’s economic terrorism team as a factor against the security of international trade, and said, “As the main victim of economic terrorism, the Islamic Republic of Iran strongly condemns such destabilizing behaviours including the sanctions introduced against a number of Chinese companies, and warns the international community against the consequences of the US’ unilateralism in the form of economic terrorism.”

Mousavi also condemned sanctions against a number of Russian individuals and companies on the pretext of cooperating with the legal and legitimate government of Syria which is a member of the United Nations.

“The US’ excessive use of the weapon of sanction and economic terrorism has, on the one hand, turned into a factor against the American people and companies’ interests, and on the other hand, increased concerns about violating other independent countries’ freedom of doing international trade,” he said.

“The world needs to find solutions against such destructive interventions and thuggish unilateralism,” he added.

The US has put sanctions on several Chinese companies and their top officials for allegedly shipping Iranian oil, putting dozens of supertankers off limits to western energy traders.

The US Treasury department on Wednesday blacklisted two oil tanker subsidiaries of Cosco, a leading Chinese shipping and logistics company, although the parent company remains unaffected.

China Concord Petroleum, Pegasus 88 Limited, Kunlun Shipping Company and Kunlun Holding Company were also sanctioned.

The Trump administration also imposed sanctions Thursday against a Moscow-based firm and five vessels the Treasury Department said shipped fuel to Syria used to support the Syrian government.

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