The US administration announced the imposition of new sanctions on Iranian personalities and entities, and said that escalating the policy of pressure on Iran is sufficient to bring it back to the negotiating table, while the Russian Foreign Minister called on countries of the world not to submit to US pressure, after talks in Moscow with his Iranian counterpart.
The US State Department said Thursday that it had targeted new Iranian personalities and entities with sanctions, due to “gross violations of human rights.”
The US envoy in charge of the Iran and Venezuela files, Elliot Abrams, had made it clear hours before the announcement of the new sanctions that Washington would target a number of Iranian entities and officials, including a judge who had sentenced the death penalty to the Iranian wrestler, Naid Afkari.
“The United States is committed to holding accountable those who deny freedom and justice to the people of Iran,” Abrams said in a session of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
During his speech before the committee, Abrams stressed that escalating pressure on Tehran is a guarantee of returning it to negotiate with Washington, and said that the US administration believes that Iran will return to the negotiating table at the end of the US presidential elections scheduled for the third of next November.
Washington, the Gulf, and normalization
During the same session, US Assistant Secretary of State David Hale said that the Gulf states are a key partner for Washington in combating terrorism, stressing that there are calls for an end to the Gulf dispute.
Hill said that the signing of the normalization agreements helps the Gulf states and Israel to live without fear of Iran – as he put it – and indicated that Washington is working with Saudi Arabia to reduce violence in Yemen.
The American official emphasized that the campaign of maximum pressure on Iran curbed its reins, depriving it of $ 70 billion in revenues.
Meanwhile, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov called on countries of the world not to succumb to American pressure and to take a stance on sanctions policy, after he held talks in Moscow with his Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif.
For his part, Zarif expressed his hope that Moscow would be able to make the UN Security Council able to stand in the way of what he described as unilateral US measures.