Theresa May today slammed Donald Trump for unleashing the US's 'toughest ever' sanctions regime on Iran. The Prime Minister said she 'regrets' the
Theresa May today slammed Donald Trump for unleashing the US’s ‘toughest ever’ sanctions regime on Iran.
The Prime Minister said she ‘regrets’ the President’s decision to impose the restrictions on Tehran’s oil, shipping and banking industries.
And she said Britain would stick to the nuclear deal thrashed out with Iran – which sees sanctions waived in return for a curb on the regime’s development of nuclear weapons.
The PM’s official spokesman said: ‘We regret the reimposition of sanctions by the US.
‘Our position remains that as long as Iran continues to meet the deal that exists, we will be committed to it too.’
Mr Trump pulled the United States out of the nuclear pact after branding it the worst deal in American history.
And Washington has now reimposed all the sanctions which were suspended in 2015 – hitting crucial parts of Iran’s economy including its lucrative oil industry.
The move has been met with a furious backlash in Iran where it has sparked a wave of anti-American protests.
And Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani has greeted the move by ordering air defence drills.
While in a dramatic escalation of rhetoric, the Iranian President said the country now faces a ‘war situation’.
Iranian state television aired footage of air defence systems and anti-aircraft batteries in two-day military manoeuvres which got under way across a vast stretch of the country’s north.
Iranian army general Habibillah Sayyari said both the national army and the country’s paramilitary Revolutionary Guard are taking part in the exercise.
Mr Rouhani, meanwhile, pledged that Iran would overcome the sanctions.
‘We are in the war situation,’ he said.
‘We are in the economic war situation. We are confronting a bullying enemy. We have to stand to win.’
Mr Trump has abandoned many of Barack Obama’s foreign policy agreements and vowed to be far more assertive.
He hammered the Iran nuclear deal on the campaign trail, and rebuffed pleas by Mrs May and other world leaders to stick to it once in power.