US gears up for potential cyberattacks after Iran sanctions

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The new USA sanctions, imposed on Tuesday, target Iran's access to dollars and its ability to trade in gold and other precious metals. He added that the sanctions are just one component of the Trump administration's strategy to combat the Iranian regime.

The DPRK foreign minister in response reiterated the praise for the two countries' longstanding relationship and agreed with the Iranian President's calls for strengthening ties.

"For the first time in the history of the United Nations, the United States - a permanent member of the security council with veto power - is engaging in penalising nations across the entire world; not for violating a security council resolution, rather, for abiding by it", Khoshroo wrote. "The main reason behind this is that Trump does not care about either the Iranian people or worldwide obligations", he told reporters.

Rouhani did not specify what consequences the U.S. could face, but in the past Iranian officials have threatened to block the Strait of Hormuz, a major shipping route in the Middle East, in retaliation for any United States actions.

Ri is on a two-day visit to Tehran; he was due to meet with President Hassan Rouhani on Wednesday.

"If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds they should also know its consequences", Zarif said in an interview with the newspaper.

European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to respect the nuclear deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out.

The first round of reimposed United States sanctions targeting Iran's aviation and auto industries, as well as its banking system snapped back on Tuesday. Turkey buys an estimated 9.5bn cubic metres of gas from Iran.

"The US withdrawal from JCPOA and re-imposition of its sanctions is a serious breach of its legal obligations under the United Nations Charter, which entails its global responsibility".

"The Americans have assembled a war room against Iran".

"It symbolizes the determination to curb Iran's regional aggression and its ongoing plans to arm itself with nuclear weapons", said Netanyahu in a video released Monday, moments after Trump signed new sanctions into law.

In Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was quoted by an Iranian newspaper as saying that a USA plan to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero would not succeed.

"Isolating Iran could boost radical and fundamentalist forces", he said, adding that "chaos in Iran, as we have experienced in Iraq or Libya, would further destabilise an already troubled region".

In the past, countries implemented USA bans that were endorsed by several UN Security Council resolutions, but now the world has been standing up to the U.S. sanctions, Zarif said, citing an update of the Blocking Statute by the European Union to protect the bloc's companies doing legitimate business with Iran from the impact of United States extraterritorial sanctions.

"America has zigzagged constantly, so now no one trusts them", he said.

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