U.S. sanctions on Iran Central Bank "war crime": FM

TEHRAN - "The recent sanctions by the United States on the Central Bank of Iran is a 'war crime'," Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on Wednesday.

"The U.S. administration's decision to impose new sanctions on the Central Bank of Iran (CBI) is tantamount to a war crime, because it obstructs the purchase of medicines and foodstuff," Zarif was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

"The U.S. recent measures against Iran do not entail the conditions for the imposition of sanctions, but involves conditions for economic terrorism," Zarif said at a conference on global economy and sanctions in Iran's capital Tehran.

"The White House has built its economic war strategy on the basis of violating international laws," he added.

As a move to heighten pressures on Iran following the United States' exit from the Iranian nuclear deal last year, U.S. President Donald Trump's administration recently imposed fresh sanctions on the CBI to further curtail Iran's financial transactions with the international community.




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