U.S. general slams leader of Iran's Quds Force

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Iran dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on a 2015 deal to lift sanctions in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear program.

Few American companies do much business in Iran so the impact of sanctions mainly stems from Washington's ability to block European and Asian firms from trading there.

North Korea's foreign minister Ri Yong Ho on Wednesday met with the Iranian President in Tehran on the second day of an ongoing trip to the country, Iranian state news outlets reported, with Rouhani stressing the DPRK should not place excessive trust in American commitments.

"We want to see a much broader retreat by Iran from their support for global terrorism, their belligerent military activity in the Middle East and their ballistic missile, nuclear-related programs", National Security Advisor John Bolton told Fox News.

'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'.

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Annual Saudi-Canadian trade hovers around $4bn. "I will say Canada is very comfortable with our position", she told reporters. Jubeir added that Saudi Arabia was "considering additional measures" against Canada, without elaborating.

US President Donald Trump warned the world against doing business with Iran as Washington reimposed "the most biting sanctions ever" on the Islamic republic, triggering a mix of anger, fear and defiance in Tehran.

He said he considered the US pullout from the nuclear deal and re-imposition of sanctions to be "incorrect".

USA sanctions on Iran could lead to more terror attacks, the German Foreign Minister warned today.

The Iranian rial fell to a record low late last month, dropping in value by half since April, leading to sharp price increases and fast-rising inflation.

Trump tweeted on Tuesday that the new sanctions, which were lifted under a 2015 worldwide nuclear deal, were the most biting sanctions ever imposed.

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Phatlum had led Hall by a single shot overnight and the pair jostled throughout an absorbing final day's play. Hall added: "I was in the final round previous year [at Kingsbarns] and that is definitely going to help me".

"Today, the regime in Iran is at odds with world peace", the secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, said in a tweet".

Most Iranians see USA hostility as a basic fact of life, so their frustration is largely directed at their own leaders for not handling the situation better.

Iran's regional rivals Israel and Saudi Arabia have welcomed the tough new U.S. policy.

"Improving relations with Iran and confronting unilateralism is North Korea's strategic policy", Ri said in response.

Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world's leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its customers there to finance new projects. Petroleum-related transactions and transactions by foreign financial institutions with the Central Bank of Iran will also be affected. But that has proved hard: European companies have quit Iran, arguing that they can not risk their USA business.

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Inversely, it gives The Academy a "Popcorn Oscar" to pass out rather than considering those films for a more traditional award. The 2019 ceremony will air February 24, while the 2020 ceremony will move to February 9.

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