Iran vows to continue oil exports despite threats by Donald Trump

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani has vowed that Iran will stand firm against threats by the United States over oil shipments after Washington reimposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic.

Rouhani did not specify what consequences the US 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 US actions.

The US has dismissed the threat as a bluff.

During his meeting with North Korean Foreign Minister Ri Yong-ho in Tehran on Wednesday, Rouhani warned him that the US was “an unreliable and untrustworthy” negotiating partner that did not honour “any of its commitments”.

Ri was also quoted as describing the sanctions against Iran as “inappropriate and contrary to international standards”.

North Korea is under US and UN sanctions over its nuclear weapons programme.

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