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Iran dismissed new U.S. sanctions directed at Tehran on Tuesday and insisted that they would not only fail to halt the countryâ€™s nuclear program, but they would make the Islamic Republic more determined than ever to attain its nuclear goals.
â€œThe actual results of these measures will be a stronger and more serious determination from our nation to achieve its great objectives,â€ said Foreign Ministry spokesman Ramin Mehmanparast at a news conference.
Washington ordered the new penalties on Monday, giving U.S. banks additional powers to freeze assets linked to the Iranian government and close loopholes that officials say Iran has used to move money despite earlier restrictions imposed by the U.S. and Europe. The U.S. and Europe want to deprive Iran of the oil income it needs to run its government and pay for the nuclear program, which they believe is geared toward producing an atomic weapon.
Mehmanparastâ€™s comments indicate that Iran is becoming steadily more defiant toward the U.S. and Europe. Bible prophecy makes plain that this defiance will intensify until a German-led Europe takes decisive military action against Iran.