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Iran Sides With Venezuela and Nicaragua Against US Led Sanctions

Within the realm of the powerful nations, Iran is gradually building support against all those that have not won the favor of the United States.

The Iranian Finance Minister Mohamad Javad Zarif had his itinerary planned for a meeting with the Nicaraguan leader of the government Daniel Ortega, on his way back from the Movement of Non-Aligned Member Countries (NAM) in Caracas.

Nicaragua is one such country that has been under sanctions for obvious reasons. For the last year, there has been civilian rebellion against Ortega who has ruled over the country for close to two decades now. It is time for a change, but that hasn’t seen the light of the day.

In April this year, the Trump administration finally announced new sanctions against the Nicaraguan regime, including measures against a national bank and Ortega’s son, who the U.S. says is being groomed to succeed him. John Bolton, President Trump’s national security adviser, unveiled the sanctions in Miami to a group of Cuban exiles aswell.

Bolton announced new penalties against Cuba and Venezuela also, repeating his labeling of the three countries as a troika of tyranny.

The Non-Aligned Movement consists of many such countries against which the US has levied sanctions. These include Iran, Russia, China, Venezuela, Cuba, Nicaragua, and many others.

Iran continues to win favor against such nations, garnering support against the United States. Speaking at the NAM meeting the Iranian Foreign minister was reportedly quoted saying that US’s behavior towards nations that it has levied sanctions on is nothing but ‘economic terrorism’.

However, it is worth noting that most of the nations that have rebuked US-led sanctions have made a joint declaration and wish to take their case to the UN’s International Court of Justice.

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