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.
"Imagine the unlikely option of negotiating now, how can the United States be trusted that, after reaching an agreement, they will remain committed to their very own agreement?" "Our crews that are on board our ships are well rehearsed, well prepared by the U.S. Navy when they come into our area", Votel said.
In a blistering criticism of the leader of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Quds Force, the four-star United States general in charge of USA military of operations in the Middle East said Qasem Soleimani is behind much of Iran's destabilizing activities in the region.
"Improving relations with Iran and confronting unilateralism is North Korea's strategic policy", Ri said in response. "Before, nobody supported Iran".
Anti-government demonstrations have spread across the country in recent months, from Iran's heartland to dozens of cities, including the capital of Tehran, as citizens grow increasingly disillusioned by the weak economy, strict Islamic laws, and chronic drought.
Europeans, also signatories to the JCPOA agreement, have said they are determined to save the text, with the EU saying on Tuesday it aimed to "protect European economic operators engaged in legitimate business with Iran". It includes blockages on financial transactions and imports of raw materials, as well as penalizing measures on purchases in the automotive sector and commercial aviation.
In a White House statement announcing the sanctions, Trump repeated his criticisms of the deal, and argued that Iran's behavior since the pact was implemented has vindicated his long-held position.
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.
The objective, the administration has indicated, is to change Iranian behavior.
Tehran and Pyongyang are suspected by some of exchanging nuclear and ballistic missile technology. Companies doing business with Iran will be barred from the United States, President Donald Trump said on Tuesday.
And he added Iran's power has grown since its leaders signed the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, the official name of the non-proliferation nuclear deal, in 2015.
Zarif did not specify what consequences the US could face.