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Iran says US new sanctions target diplomacy

Xinhua

16:14, June 25, 2019

TEHRAN, June 25 (Xinhua) -- Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman said Tuesday that U.S. decision to sanction the Iranian top officials closed the path of diplomacy between Washington and Tehran.

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Iran's President Rouhani says his country is not seeking to wage war against any nation while at the same time stressing that it will withstand mounting U.S. pressure and emerge victorious in a ceremony at Imam Khomeini International Airport, Tuesday, June 18, 2019.  (File photo: VCG)

"Imposing useless sanctions on Iran's supreme leader (Ayatollah Ali Khamenei) and the commander of Iran's diplomacy (Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif) is the permanent closure of the path of diplomacy with the desperate U.S. administration," the spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted on Tuesday.

"Trump's administration is destroying all the international mechanisms developed for securing world peace and security", said Mousavi.

On Monday, U.S. president Donald Trump signed an executive order for sanctions targeting Iran's Supreme Leader Khamenei, his office and those closely affiliated with him. Washington also announced that it will sanction Iran's foreign minister next week. 

The new sanctions by the United States come in the wake of downing of a U.S. drone by Iran last week. Iran said the drone had violated its airspace, which the United States denied. 

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