Iran urges defiance of sanctions as US threatens ‘consequences’

Iran has urged the world community to defy the United States’ unilateral step to reimpose international sanctions, as the US threatened “consequences” against those opposing its action.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced US “bullying” hours before Washington, DC’s own Sunday deadline, which contravenes an earlier United Nations vote against the return of economic and diplomatic penalties on Tehran.

“The Americans as a rule act as a bully and impose sanction … The world community should decide how to act towards bullying,” Zarif told Iranian state television.

Separately, the chief of the elite Revolutionary Guard Corps rejected as a “bluff” any possibility of a military conflict with the US.

As this developed, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo threatened to “impose consequences”, as he insisted that international sanctions against Iran were “back in effect”.

“If UN Member States fail to fulfill their obligations to implement these sanctions, the United States is prepared to use our domestic authorities to impose consequences for those failures and ensure that Iran does not reap the benefits of UN-prohibited activity,” Pompeo said on Saturday.

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