US sanctions against Iran bound to fail: Iraqi minister

<p style="text-align: left;">Iraq says the policy of imposing sanctions on Iran and other countries has proven futile as resistance will always prevail.

Iraqi Interior Minister Qasim al-Araji made the remarks on Wednesday during a meeting in Baghdad with his Iranian counterpart, Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli, who was heading a high-ranking delegation of political and security officials during a short visit to the Arab country.

Araji told the Iranian delegation that subjecting other countries to sanctions and economic pressures was wrong and unacceptable, Press TV reported.

The sanctions, he said, would not last long once they were met with resistance from nations.

Iraq has disapproved of US President Donald Trump's decision to restore anti-Iran sanctions that were removed under the 2015 landmark nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers, which is officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi said last week his government would respect the dollar ban but not all US sanctions on Iran. He also said he would send a delegation to Washington to seek possible exemptions.

Last week, in defiance of increasing pressure from Washington, Baghdad joined the growing list of countries that had decided to ditch the US dollar in trade with Iran.

The first batch of US sanctions that came into effect in early August targeted Iran's trade in US dollars, gold and other precious metals as well as its automotive sector, while a second wave due in November is set to hit its energy and shipping sectors.

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