Iran's foreign minister says 'no one trusts America' anymore

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif right greets North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Tehran on Tuesday

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif right greets North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong Ho in Tehran on Tuesday

The North Korean foreign minister on Wednesday was quoted as describing the new measures as "inappropriate and contrary to worldwide standards".

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani - who insists that its nuclear programme is entirely peaceful - has accused Mr Trump of waging "psychological warfare", and ruled out face-to-face talks with him while the sanctions remain in place.

In a tweet on Tuesday addressed to Donald Trump, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world is "sick and exhausted of USA unilateralism". "Before, nobody supported Iran".

On Wednesday, China's foreign ministry said it opposed the US' "unilateral sanctions" and "long-armed jurisdiction", adding its business ties with Iran were "open, transparent and lawful".

In May, Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal forged under the Obama administration along with five other world powers, a move that set in motion a renewal of sanctions against Iran that had been removed once the landmark accord was implemented in January 2016.

Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the highest authority in Iran, said the country has nothing to be concerned about, a report on his official website said on Wednesday in an apparent reference to the imposition of strict US sanctions this week.

Following its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, on Tuesday the U.S. slapped Iran with "the most biting sanctions ever".

"These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level".

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Last month, Trump offered to meet Iran's leaders "without preconditions". "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!"

"America has zigzagged constantly, so now no one trusts them", he said.

Long-running discontent over high prices, unemployment, water shortages and the lack of political reform has sparked numerous protests over the past week, though verifiable information is scarce due to heavy reporting restrictions.

The US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, welcomed the news.

Beijing reaffirmed its stance on U.S. sanctions at a sensitive time in Sino-American relations, full of trade disputes and China's repeated accusations that Trump is pursuing unfair protectionist policies.

Countries like Russia, China and Turkey, however, have said that they would not abide by the U.S. sanctions, and would continue to trade with Iran.

Iran's currency has lost around half its value since Trump announced the United States would withdraw from the nuclear pact, but has surged since Sunday, following the arrest of the central bank's currency chief and new plans being announced.

Washington's unilateral anti-Iran campaign has nothing to do with worldwide law and fair trade, and thus the threat of potential sanctions won't affect Beijing's sovereign right to freely choose its business partners.

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