Iran said on Tuesday that the United States imposed new “futile” sanctions on the Islamic Republic on Monday, a “final” closure of the diplomatic process between Washington and Tehran.

“Imposing futile sanctions on Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif closes the course of diplomacy permanently with the desperate government of Tramb,” Iranian Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi tweeted.

“The (US president) government is in the process of destroying all the international mechanisms on which it is based to maintain world peace and security”, he said.

Diplomatic relations between Washington and Tehran have been severed since 1980.

The United States announced on Monday the imposition of “strict” sanctions on Iran aimed at the Supreme Leader and leaders of the Revolutionary Guard.

Trump signed an order imposing financial sanctions on Iran, saying it was “a strong and proportionate response to Iran’s increasingly provocative moves”.

“We’ll continue to increase the pressure on Tehran … Iran can never possess a nuclear weapon”, Trump said, stressing that the ball is now on the Iranian negotiating ground.

Treasury Secretary Stephen Menuchin also said Washington would include Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Jawad Zarif on the black list and freeze more Iranian assets with “billions of dollars”.

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