Iran calls on world community to oppose U.S. sanctions

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    Iran has called on the world community to oppose U.S. sanctions or expect to face sanctions itself. Its Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif accused the U.S. of acting like a “bully” while a top Iranian commander dismissed U.S. military threats as a bluff. The comments followed reports that U.S. President Donald Trump plans to extend an arms embargo against Iran that’s due to expire.

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