Zarif accuses US of attempting to starve Iranians by tightening economic sanctions

Zarif accuses US of attempting to starve Iranians by tightening economic sanctions
# 07 August 2019 15:58 (UTC +04:00)

"Terrorism is not only an armed attack on citizens, starvation of 82 million Iranians is also a form of terrorism," Zarif said, aired by the Iranian television, APA reports citing Sputnik.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Wednesday claimed that the United States was attempting to starve the Iranian people by tightening economic sanctions against Tehran.

He also added that the United States' sanctions on Iran forced it to rely on its own people to produce the weapons they needed.

In late July, the US Treasury Department sanctioned Zarif as part of its maximum pressure policy on Iran amid escalating tensions between the two countries. The sanctions also targeted officials associated with Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

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