North Korea foreign minister visits Iran

Zarif met on Tuesday with the his foreign ministry counterpart from North Korea a country also under US sanctions

China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump's warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.

In a blistering criticism of the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, the four-star United States general in charge of USA military of operations in the Middle East said Qasem Soleimani is behind much of Iran's destabilizing activities in the region.

Iran's currency has been in steady decline since the start of the year as the country anxiously awaits the re-imposition of full United States sanctions, trading at record lows and losing almost two-thirds of its value against the dollar.

"It symbolizes the determination to curb Iran's regional aggression and its ongoing plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons", said Netanyahu in a video released Monday, moments after Trump signed new sanctions into law.

The Trump administration will ratchet up pressure on Tehran's economy in early November when US sanctions on Iranian oil are due to snapback.

Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France's oil major Total, its big carmakers PSA and Renault, and their German rival Daimler.

The meeting came just a day after the Trump administration reintroduced sanctions on Iran, . a result of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

"We're extraordinarily vigilant and watching for changes in the environment and making sure that we are identifying that first and not putting ourselves in a position where we're vulnerable". "These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level", Trump wrote on Twitter.




"Tantrums & CAPPED TWEETS won't change the fact that the world is sick & exhausted of USA unilateralism".

The foreign minister also scolded the U.S., arguing that the decision of pull out from the Iran nuclear deal in May made the White House an untrustworthy partner to hold negotiations with.

Meanwhile, Italian Foreign Minister Moavero Milanesi said that "agreements have to be respected".

"I feel like my life is being destroyed", said one construction worker on the streets of the capital.

"Isolating Iran could boost radical and fundamentalist forces", he said, adding that "chaos in Iran, as we have experienced in Iraq or Libya, would further destabilize an already troubled region".

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said Wednesday it was hard to imagine new talks with the USA after it lost the trust of the world with its erratic decision-making.

Washington's unilateral anti-Iran campaign has nothing to do with global law and fair trade, and thus the threat of potential sanctions won't affect Beijing's sovereign right to freely choose its business partners.

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