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Yahoo! BooksJun 25, 2019
Iran says sanctions on supreme leader mark 'permanent closure' of diplomatic solution
Iran said on Tuesday US sanctions on its leaders represent the "permanent closure" of diplomacy with Washington, after President Donald Trump tightened the screws on a nation he has threatened with "obliteration". "Imposing fruitless sanctions against Iran's supreme leader and the commander of Iran's diplomacy is the permanent closure of the path to diplomacy with Trump's desperate government," ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said in a tweet. Washington imposed new sanctions against supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei Monday ahead of blacklisting Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif later this week, its latest salvo in a tense standoff that has raised fears of a regional conflict. "Trump's government is destroying all established international mechanisms for keeping global peace and security," he added. For his part, Iran's president described the White House as being "afflicted by mental retardation." President Hassan Rouhani went on to call the sanctions against Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei "outrageous and idiotic," especially as the 80-year-old Shia cleric has no plans to ever travel to the United States. Tehran and Washington broke off diplomatic relations in 1980 over the hostage crisis at the US embassy in Tehran following Iran's Islamic revolution. US President Donald Trump also imposed new sanctions Monday against top Iranian military chiefs, pressuring the country it has threatened with "obliteration" if a war breaks out. The US Treasury said

Yahoo! BooksJun 25, 2019
Iran says US blocking diplomacy with new sanctions
Iran said Tuesday new US sanctions against its leaders marked the end of diplomacy with Washington, after President Donald Trump threatened the country with "obliteration". Trump imposed new sanctions Monday against Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and top military chiefs, further raising the stakes in an escalating regional standoff. The US Treasury said it would also blacklist Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif -- a moderate figure and key architect of the 2015 Iran nuclear deal -- and eight top commanders from Iran's Revolutionary Guards.


Yahoo! BooksJun 24, 2019
Trump news: President imposes 'hard hitting' sanctions on Iran as White House put on lock down
Donald Trump has signed into force new "hard-hitting" sanctions against Iran, including Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei as tensions continue to rise between Washington and TehranMr Trump said that the issue of the US drone downed by Iran last week "could probably add that into this" but that the sanctions were "something that was going to happen anyway."The president is also facing criticism on multiple fronts as the week begins, including domestic outcry over the treatment of migrant children held in "filthy" border detention centres. Meanwhile, questions have been raised after documents were released showing the president's transition team "red flagged" the appointed of a senior general for a top administration post over his opposition to the use of torture.After postponing the mass deportation of immigrants at the request of Democrats over the weekend, the president gave an interview to NBC's Meet the Press in which he fielded questions about possible Russian election hacking in 2020, the state of the US economy, and the murder of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi.Meanwhile, as Mr Trump went after Iran, the 2020 race to take on the president is in full swing.The biggest headlines of the day on that front came from Bernie Sanders and Pete Buttigieg. Mr Sanders drove the day by introducing an ambitious plan to make public college and universities free — and a significant reduction in American student loan debt.Mr Buttigieg, meanwhil

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