US is 'unreliable', Rouhani says in meeting with North Korean FM

US is 'unreliable', Rouhani says in meeting with North Korean FM

US is 'unreliable', Rouhani says in meeting with North Korean FM

In several videos posted to social media over the past week, crowds of dissidents are heard chanting, "Death to the dictator" as the United States prepared to reinstate sanctions on the country following President Donald Trump's exit from the global nuclear deal in May.

Rouhani said in the current situation, the friendly countries should stand beside each other and expand relations.

The US now plans on adding Iranian oil and gas to the sanctions in November this year.

Also on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said it was hard to imagine new talks with the USA with its erratic decision-making. We want to keep our journalism open and accessible and be able to keep providing you with news and analyses from the frontlines of Israel, the Middle East and the Jewish World.

US officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero as a means of pressuring Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programmes and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The top US general in the Middle East on Wednesday said the military remains "extraordinarily vigilant" about Iranian movements in the Persian Gulf following last week's Iranian naval exercise in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

Following the United States' sanctions going into effect against the Islamic Republic on Tuesday, Iraq's pro-Iranian militias threatened to break Iran's blockade at all cost.

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"We are in solidarity with the European Union position, obviously we are closely monitoring this and we are doing everything possible on the diplomatic level to stimulate a direct dialogue between the United States and Iran, and we think that dialogue should always prevail", he said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif told the Iran newspaper that President Donald Trump's goal of forcing the rest of the world not to buy Iranian oil was impossible.

The Iranian rial fell to a record low late last month, dropping in value by half since April, leading to sharp price increases and fast-rising inflation.

A North Korean delegation also attended President Hassan Rouhani's inauguration in August 2017.

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in U.S. relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country.

Europeans, also signatories to the JCPOA agreement, have said they are determined to save the text, with the EU saying on Tuesday it aimed to "protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran".

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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