US Ambassador to the UK Woody Johnson warned international
companies seeking to maintain their dealings with Iran, saying that they are
"either with the United States or with the mullahs of Tehran."
"Either with the Iranian government or with the United States; the two cannot be dealt with," the US ambassador wrote on his Twitter page just before the second round of US sanctions against Iran are set to begin on November 4.
The second phase of sanctions seeks to reduce Iran’s oil export volume to zero, according to the White House following US President Donald Trump pulling out of the 2015 nuclear deal signed by his predecessor, Barack Obama.
Companies around the world are already starting to end or reduce their
oil imports from the mullah-led country, which is having a drastic effect on
Iran’s already struggling economy, which has led to mass protests against the
regime. The regime has been seeking ways to circumvent the sanctions, with oil being smuggled abroad to the benefit of mullahs close to Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
Iran’s Deputy Parliament Speaker Masoud Pezeshkian stated that his country "is in a war, but [the regime does] not announce it to the people," adding that this “economic war” is harder on the country than the war with Iraq in the 1980s.