Hezbollah Politicians Blast New Iran Sanctions

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Foreign Affairs Minister, Yisrael Katz. (Noam Revkin Fenton/Flash90)

The parliamentary bloc of Lebanon’s Hezbollah has blasted the United States over new sanctions it imposed on Iran, describing them as “unjustified.”

The bloc said in a statement Thursday that the American moves against Iran show the U.S. administration’s “tyrannical and dictatorial trend.”

Hezbollah, which is backed and armed by Iran and is represented in Lebanon’s Cabinet and parliament has been hit by U.S. sanctions for many years.

The group says that America’s unilateral sanctions do no respect international laws and Washington “behaves in accordance with the law of the jungle.”

It said Iran has the power to defend itself.

In Israel, Foreign Affairs Minister Yisrael Katz called on the world to support the Iran sanctions, writing in a tweet on Thursday:

“In my speech today, at the reception for the diplomatic corps with the President of Israel on Independence Day, I made it clear that Israel’s right to self-defense is not on the agenda, and I called upon the international community to support the American sanctions against Iran in order to stop its nuclear ambitions and its support for regional terrorism.”

In light of Tehran’s threats to renew part of its nuclear program, Israel’s ambassador to the U.N., Danny Danon, said on Wednesday, “The world should not give Iran a second chance.” He continued, “This is a government that finances terror with one hand and extorts the international community with the other. The regime in Tehran is working against a safe and stable world and is, once again, exposing the mistake that was the nuclear agreement, signed in 2015.”