Iran President Condemns US Sanctions 'Invasion'

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Byline: Associated Press

TEHRAN, Iran -- Iran's President Hassan Rouhani called Western sanctions an "invasion" on Saturday, Aug. 30, after Washington imposed penalties on 25 businesses, banks and individuals.

"Sanctions are an invasion of the Iranian nation. We should resist the invasion and put the invaders in their place," Rouhani told officials in remarks broadcast by state TV. "We should not allow the continuation and repetition of the invasion."

On Friday the United States imposed existing sanctions on more than 25 businesses, banks and individuals suspected of working to expand Iran's nuclear program, support terrorism and help Iran evade U.S. and international sanctions. The move bars Americans from engaging in transactions with any of the designated parties, freezes their assets and blocks their property under U.S. jurisdiction.

Iran's foreign ministry spokeswoman, Marzieh Afkham, said the new sanctions would jeopardize a final deal between Iran and world powers, who are negotiating over the country's disputed nuclear program, the official IRNA news agency reported on Saturday.

"These actions have a negative and non-constructive impact on the trend of the talks," said Afkham.

"The Islamic Republic of Iran rejects any unilateral and self-serving interpretation of last year's Geneva deal," she said. …