Emirates determines the reason behind America's imposition of sanctions on Iran[/size] Twilight News
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Anwar Gargash, the UAE minister of state for foreign affairs, said on Saturday that Iran's "aggressive policies" were "largely responsible" for the re-imposition of US sanctions on Tehran.
On Monday, Washington is imposing broad sanctions on two vital sectors for Iran, oil and banking, in an attempt to force it to engage in negotiations to abandon its nuclear and missile programs and stop supporting agents in conflicts in different parts of the Middle East.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei was quoted as saying earlier on Saturday that US President Donald Rumsfeld's policies were facing global opposition as Washington prepared to re-impose sanctions.
As the second round of sanctions against Iran enters into force on Monday, the US president has given Iran the choice of changing its approach or facing the deterioration of its economy.
"The goal is to force the regime to make a clear choice: either abandon its destructive behavior or continue on the road to economic disaster," Trump said in a statement late on Friday.
Trump also stressed in his statement that the United States' action is directed against the Iranian regime, "not against the long-suffering Iranian people."
He explained that this has led to the exclusion of goods such as drugs and food from the sanctions "for a long time."
He reiterated his previous position on the possibility of renegotiating terms that suited his country. "We remain ready to reach a new, more integrated agreement with Iran," he said.
For its part, the White House described the sanctions as "the most sanctioned so far" against Iran.