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Iranian top officials warn US over ‘unpredictable’ policies, oil sanctions

Iranian top officials warn US over ‘unpredictable’ policies, oil sanctions
posted onAugust 21, 2019

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that if Iran’s oil exports are cut to zero, the international waterways would not enjoy the safety it has now, Reuters cited local media.

“World powers know that in the case that oil is completely sanctioned and Iran’s oil exports are brought down to zero, international waterways can’t have the same security as before,” Rouhani allegedly said during a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.

“So, unilateral pressure against Iran can’t be to their advantage and won’t guarantee their security in the region and the World,” he warned.  

 In a separate remark, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday that his country might act “unpredictably” in response to the US president Donald Trump’s “unpredictable” policies.

Attending a speech at the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, Zarif said that, “mutual unpredictability will lead to chaos. President Trump cannot expect to be unpredictable and expect others to be predictable. Unpredictability will lead to mutual unpredictability and unpredictability is chaotic,” Reuters reported.

In May 2018, Trump withdrew from Iran’s nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) and reimposed international sanctions. Tensions have been rising between the two countries since then.