Iranian lawmakers oust minister in victory for hard-liners

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Iran appears to be looking to discredit the U.S.in North Korea as a way to hamper President Trump's denuclearization effort.

The resolution, unanimously adopted six days after the nuclear deal was signed in Vienna, calling on United Nations member states to refrain "from actions that undermine implementation of commitments" under the Vienna agreement, known as the Joint Comprehensive Programme of Action (JCPOA).

China, Iran's top oil customer, buys roughly 650,000 barrels a day of crude oil from Tehran, or seven percent of China's total crude oil imports.

The Rodong Sinmun also ran a story on Wednesday appearing to support Iran's own recent pushback against the US, saying the "threats and sanctions regime can not affect the will and spirit of the Iranian people".

"For whatever reason they're doing that, I hope that continues", Votel said.

Trump decided this year to pull out of the agreement, ignoring pleas from the other world powers that had co-sponsored the deal, including Washington's main European allies, Britain, France and Germany, as well as Russian Federation and China.

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Russian Federation says it's deeply disappointed in the new U.S. sanctions against Iran and will fight to preserve the Iran nuclear deal brokered by President Barack Obama.

"We still consider it a mistake to give up the nuclear agreement with Iran", Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned.

"But this is not the first time that the Iranian leadership is dealing with sanctions", Vaez said adding "I doubt that in the next two years we would see the collapse of the government or the regime in Tehran".

State energy firms CNPC and Sinopec have invested billions of dollars in key Iranian oil fields such as Yadavaran and North Azadegan and have been sending oil to China.

On May 8, Trump withdrew unilaterally the US from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, and ordered restoration of sanctions against Iran.

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.

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Asbar was not among them, perhaps because he was associated with Syria's missile program rather than the development of chemical weapons.


Within hours of the sanctions taking effect, German carmaker Daimler said it had "suspended our already limited activities in Iran in accordance with the applicable sanctions".

This comes as the Ayatollah regime is trying to rally worldwide support for its regional policies.

A large-scale naval exercise by Iran last week in the Strait of Hormuz was a designed message to the United States, Army Gen. Joseph Votel said Wednesday.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was cited by an Iranian newspaper, as saying that a U.S. plan to stop Iranian oil exports will not succeed.

The operation did catch Americans' attention, Votel said.

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