Iran trying to drive wedge between US, Europeans - UAE minister

Rouhani: US Threat to Stop Iranian Oil Exports 'Empty Promise'

EU announces legal entity to maintain business with Iran

Netanyahu spoke four-and-a-half months after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the accord, arguing it did too little to rein in Tehran's nuclear ambitions and triggering the resumption of U.S. economic sanctions on Iran.

Later in the day, Special Representative for Iran Brian Hook told a press conference in NY that the private sector across the world has understood the US' sanctions message very clearly and "that's why major companies from Europe to Asia are getting out of Iran and terminating business".

Rouhani said the USA sought to use its capacity as chair of the UN Security Council to single out Iran at the meeting, which was held on the sidelines of the General Assembly's session, only to face the "reverse effect".

EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini told reporters after the closed-door ministerial meeting that the financial facility is also aimed at preserving the nuclear agreement.

The ship is one of at least seven tankers carrying Iranian oil that have gone rogue, The Financial Times has reported, in what appears to be a move by Tehran to sidestep upcoming sanctions by hiding the identity of its buyers and "reverting to an old playbook of selling [oil] in secret" as Iran did to evade past trading embargoes.

US Arab allies Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates as well as Israel have long sought for Washington to work to curtail non-Arab and predominantly Shia Muslim Iran's influence in the Middle East, including in war-torn Syria.

Addressing the council after Trump, French President Emmanuel Macron hit back, declaring that concerns about Iran can not be tackled with "a policy of sanctions and containment".

In a speech by the president before the U.N. General Assembly, Trump blasted Iran's "corrupt dictatorship" and accused its leaders of enriching themselves through embezzlement and raiding state coffers to spread "mayhem".

President Donald Trump is also set to chair a U.N. Security Council briefing on counterproliferation today at 10 am.

The vaguely defined plan must have alarmed USA officials including Pompeo who said during a speech at a NY conference Tuesday evening, "Unfortunately, just last night I was disturbed and indeed deeply disappointed to hear remaining parties in the Iran (nuclear) deal announce they are setting up a special payment system to bypass U.S. sanctions". "Pressure from only one side? No!" The EU has updated its "blocking statute" to temper the impact.

The American president warned world leaders at the United Nations that "all U.S. nuclear-related sanctions will be in full force by early November", adding that countries who didn't comply would face "severe consequences".

He did not identify the material or specifically suggest that Iran had actively violated the nuclear deal.

Despite the protests of the European Union, a number of businesses including French energy giant Total and carmakers Peugeot and Renault as well as Germany's Siemens and Daimler have already suspended operations in Iran for fear of triggering United States sanctions. "We gave it to them".

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