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John Bolton to Mark Levin: We're cleaning up Obama's mess in Iran

John Bolton to Mark Levin: We're cleaning up Obama's mess in Iran

The national security adviser explained that the sanctions are meant to motivate the Iranian regime to "commit to give up their nuclear weapons program, their ballistic missiles, their support for terrorism".

The first round of reimposed United States sanctions targeting Iran's aviation and auto industries, as well as its banking system snapped back on Tuesday.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran could further destabilize the Middle East and boost radical forces in the region.

USA sanctions on Iran's energy sector are to be re-imposed after a 180-day wind-down period ending on November 4.

"Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States".

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a USA plan to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero would not succeed.

The first wave of United States sanctions targeting Iranian exports, the country's financial system and its ability to access the global financial system, took effect at midnight on Tuesday.

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The Turkish minister described the U.S. sanctions as "unilateral".

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"Anyone who knows anything about Iran's behavior knows that the Iranians escalate when they sense American mush and they back down when they perceive American steel". "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!" "Just ask EU, Russia, China & dozens of our other trading partners", he wrote.

Zarif did not specify what consequences the USA could face.

USA officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to pressure countries to stop buying oil from Iran in a bid to force Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programs and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

"They can not think that Iran won't export oil and others will export.".

The North Korean foreign minister on Wednesday was quoted as describing the new measures as "inappropriate and contrary to global standards".

"As a result of these measures, the USA has been isolated".

Iran's currency has been in steady decline since the start of the year as the country anxiously awaits the re-imposition of full USA sanctions, trading at record lows and losing almost two-thirds of its value against the dollar.

Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world's leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects.