The Iranian Parliament on Tuesday has approved a bill that labels all US military forces as terrorists, AP quoted Iranian media as saying. The legislation is a step further after Iranian lawmakers last week approved a bill labeling US troops in the Mideast as terrorist, a day after the US terrorism designation for Iran’s Revolutionary Guard came into effect.
Israel, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain have all supported the Donald Trump administration’s designation. The US on Monday said it will no longer exempt any countries from US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil.
Reacting to the US diktat, China warned today that the US decision will “intensify turmoil” in the Middle East and in the international energy market. “China firmly opposes the US implementation of unilateral sanctions and its so-called long-armed jurisdiction,” foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said at a regular press briefing.
The White House on Monday called for an end to six-month waivers that had exempted several countries, including major importers China and India, from unilateral US sanctions on Iranian oil exports.
[This move by Trump will further alienate India and China, and cause the price of oil to go higher. Trump appears to think he is president of the world, not just the US. He wants to control all nations of the world, dictating what they can or cannot do. Meanwhile, the US government continues to accuse Russia of meddling in the governments of other nations. Talk about hypocrisy! -ed.]