“Only one week was needed for the US president‘s claim that he was ready to negotiate with Iran to be proven hollow,” foreign ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said.
His statement came after the US Treasury announced new sanctions on Friday against Iran’s largest and most profitable petrochemicals group PGPIC for doing business with the Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC).
The PGPIC group holds 40 percent of Iran’s petrochemical production capacity and is responsible for 50 percent of the its petrochemical exports, Treasury said.
Trump claimed Thursday he would be willing to reopen talks as long as Iran agreed to give up nuclear weapons. But Tehran ruled out talks until Washington is ready to “return to normal.”
Mousavi called the new sanctions another instance of “economic terrorism” and a continuation of American hostility against Iran.
“America’s maximum pressure policy is a failed policy tried numerous times before by the country’s previous presidents. This a wrong path and the US government can be sure that it will not achieve any of the goals set for this policy,” Mousavi added.
Washington began reimposing unilateral sanctions on Iran after Trump abandoned the 2015 nuclear deal in May last year.
On April 8, it designated the IRGC a “foreign terrorist organization”, paving the way for sanctions against their sources of funding. US President Donald Trump looks at supporters before boarding Air Force One in Montoursville, Pennsylvania, US May 20, 2019. Iran said Saturday that new US sanctions on its petrochemical industry show that President Donald Trump is not serious about being open to fresh negotiations with Tehran.
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