Russia, Spain Slam US ‘Ultimatums’ on Iran

The foreign ministers of Spain and Russia on Tuesday hit out at US sanctions policy against Iran and ultimatums they say are being imposed by Donald Trump’s administration.

President Trump in May abandoned a 2015 multi-nation deal with Iran aimed at reining in its nuclear program.

The deal had been unanimously endorsed by a United Nations Security Council resolution, making it legally binding.

On Monday, Washington reimposed its last tranche of sanctions—punitive measures targeting the Iranian oil and financial sectors.

The Trump administration nevertheless gave eight countries temporary waivers, allowing them to continue to buy oil from Iran—China, India, Turkey, Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Italy and Greece.

But in general the US sanctions stipulate that to maintain access to the US market, countries and foreign companies must stop trading with Iran.

“Sanctions are absolutely illegitimate, they are are being imposed in flagrant violation of the UN Security Council’s decision,” Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov told reporters in Madrid.