In Tehran meeting, Iranian President warns N. Korean FM about "unreliable" US

TENSE IN TEHRAN: The President Slams Iran With 'MOST BITING SANCTIONS EVER IMPOSED'

TENSE IN TEHRAN: The President Slams Iran With 'MOST BITING SANCTIONS EVER IMPOSED'

On Tuesday, the USA reinstated sanctions targeting the Iranian government's purchase of United States dollars, Iran's trade in gold and other precious metals, and its automotive sector.

Also on Wednesday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said it was hard to imagine new talks with the USA with its erratic decision-making.

Photos posted to the Office of the President's website show Ri and Hassan Rouhani joined by four others from the North Korean delegation sitting across from Iranian counterparts.

Ri was also quoted as describing the sanctions against Iran as "inappropriate and contrary to worldwide standards".

"China's commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions", it added.

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

Trump pulled the U.S. out of the Iran nuclear agreement in May, and said that he plans to reinstate USA nuclear sanctions on Iran and impose "the highest level" of economic bans on the Islamic Republic.

The nuclear deal was important "not only to the region's security but the world's security", he told the BBC.

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.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas warned Wednesday that US President Donald Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran could further destabilize the Middle East and boost radical forces in the region.

Among large European companies that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are France's oil major Total and its big carmakers, PSA and Renault.

His visit to Iran is the first by a high-ranking DPRK delegation since August past year, when President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam and vice foreign minister Choe Hui Chol spent several days in the country.

Trump responded by noting that Iran could face serious consequences if it threatened the United States.

Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions.

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