“US’s hostility towards Iranian people has no limit. US is sanctioning entities that have already been sanctioned under other phony charges,” Alireza Miryousefi, the spokesman for Iran’s permanent mission to the United Nations, tweeted on Tuesday morning.
His comments came after the administration of US President Donald Trump imposed a fresh round of sanctions on a number of Iranian individuals and entities affiliated with the Islamic Republic’s oil sector, including Minister of Petroleum Bijan Zangeneh.
The US Treasury Department made the announcement in a statement on Monday, saying the sanctions targeted eight officials and entities as well as the National Iranian Oil Company (NIOC) and the National Iranian Tanker Company (NITC).
In a tweet later on Monday, Iran’s oil minister reacted to new US sanctions, saying that imposition of new bans “is a passive reaction to the failure of Washington’s policy of reducing [Iran’s] crude oil exports to zero.”
In his Tuesday tweet, Miryousefi said the “US’ addiction to sanctions has not paid off, as [the US president’s national security advisor] Robert C. O’Brien admitted, US has out-sanctioned itself.”
In comments on Sunday, O’Brien had admitted that the “US has out-sanctioned its ability to inflict more pain on Iranian people.”
“One of the problems we have with both Iran and Russia is that we have so many sanctions on those countries right now that there’s very little left for us to do,” he said.
In a tweet on Monday, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif quoted O’Brien’s confession, and said it’s “time for the US to finally admit it is a Sanction Addict.”
“Kick the habit. More economic warfare against Iran will bring the US less—and not more—influence,” Zarif said.
NSA @robertcobrien just admitted that U.S. has out-sanctioned its ability to inflict more pain on Iranian people.
Time for the US to finally admit it is a #SanctionAddict.
Kick the habit. More economic warfare against Iran will bring the U.S. less—and not more—influence. pic.twitter.com/jgAkE16Yoe— Javad Zarif (@JZarif) October 26, 2020
Later in the day, Zarif said in his address to the 75th UN General Assembly that the United Nations must stand up against the US’ unilateralism.
“Our United Nations at 75 needs to recommit itself to stand up—united—against unilateralism and war,” Zarif said.
On the occasion of the 75th anniversary of the United Nations foundation, Iran’s Foreign Ministry said on Saturday that the world has to reject “unilateralism and coercion.”
In a tweet, the Iranian ministry added that the UN was established 75 years ago with “a shared vision of building a better world based on multilateralism & cooperation.”