On Monday night, the US introduced the first wave of sanctions targeting Iran’s acquisition of dollar bank notes, trade in gold and other metals, transactions related to the Iranian rial, and purchases of commercial passenger aircraft entered into force.
“We are against international sanctions and there is an experience in Iraq that led to the weakening of the country and the people,” state television quoted Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi as saying on Tuesday.
The day before, EU foreign policy Chief Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers from the UK, France, and Germany said in a statement that the European Union’s Blocking Statute would enter into force on 7 August to protect EU companies doing legitimate business with Iran.
In May, Trump announced that the United States would be pulling out of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, signed in 2015 in Vienna by Iran, the European Union, China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Germany.
In addition, the US president announced the reinstatement of wide-ranging sanctions on Iran, previously lifted under the agreement in exchange for Tehran maintaining the peaceful nature of its nuclear program. Washington’s unilateral move has been opposed by other parties to the nuclear deal.