EU criticises US move to tighten Iran oil embargo Apr 24, 2019 0 435 12345 dpaBrusselsThe European Union “regrets” the United States’ decision to intensify its oil embargo against Iran, a European Commission spokesperson said on Tuesday, warning that the move would further undermine the 2015 nuclear agreement with Iran.On Monday, the US announced that it will not extend waivers to eight countries that had been allowed to buy oil from Iran despite US sanctions that went into effect in November.The announcement means that the waiver will not go beyond its May 2 expiration. In the future, those countries - which include China, Italy and Greece - would risk US sanctions if they continue to buy Iranian oil.The move “risks undermining the implementation” of the nuclear deal, said EU foreign policy spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic.The EU will “continue to abide by [the deal] as long as Iran continues with full and effective implementation,” she added.Tehran has repeatedly threatened to withdraw from the deal if Washington tightens its sanctions aimed at Iranian oil exports.Brian Hook, the top US envoy for Iran, told reporters that the US is not fazed by such threats.“Iran is an outlaw regime. They try to hold countries hostage to blackmail,” Hook said. He added that Tehran’s “mafia-style behavior” would not stop the US from doing what it believes is the right thing.The sanctions were imposed after US President Donald Trump decided unilaterally to withdraw from the deal. But Iran and the other countries continue to abide by the agreement, which places strict limits on Iran’s nuclear programme to prevent the country from building nuclear weapons. RELATED ARTICLES Tens of thousands come in packed trains to join Khartoum protesters Apr 24, 2019 0 2460 Sudan militia commander waits in wings after Bashir’s ouster Apr 24, 2019 0 468 Algeria’s army chief hails judiciary for anti-graft move Apr 24, 2019 0 376 Palestinian boy killed as hand grenade explodes Gaza City: A 13-year-old Palestinian boy died in the Gaza Strip on Tuesday after a hand grenade he found reportedly exploded. The Hamas-run Health Ministry said that Mohamed Elbaz died in the central Gazan town of Deir El .. Israel to name Golan settlement after Trump AFP Jerusalem Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Tuesday he plans to name a new settlement in the occupied Golan after US President Donald Trump in appreciation of his recognition of Israel’s claim of sovereignty .. US is making a mistake by politicising oil: Iran minister Reuters tehran The United States has made a bad mistake by politicising oil and using it as a weapon, Iran’s Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said in a parliamentary session on Tuesday, the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) .. Mass execution of 37 convicted of ‘terrorism’ in Saudi AFP Riyadh Saudi Arabia on Tuesday executed 37 of its citizens convicted of terrorism, three years after another mass execution that ultimately led to a break in relations with Iran. The latest executions were carried .. UN says over 260 killed in Libya battle Tripoli: At least 264 people have been killed and over 1,200 wounded in weeks of fighting on the outskirts of Libya’s capital, the World Health Organization said Tuesday, as African leaders gathered in Cairo to discuss .. Nigeria vows to capture killers of aid worker couple Abuja: Nigeria’s government vowed Tuesday to track down gunmen who stormed a luxury hotel and murdered two aid workers, a British woman and a Nigerian man, before abducting three other people. “The security agencies .. Gunmen kill 10, kidnap 2 women in north Nigeria Kano: Gunmen killed 10 people and abducted two women in northern Nigeria’s Katsina state, police and said Tuesday, the latest violence involving armed criminal gangs. They drove motorcycles into the village of Yar .. 37 die in another DR Congo boat mishap Kinshasa: Thirty-seven bodies have been recovered after another boat sinking in the Democratic Republic of Congo, officials said Tuesday, a week after a vessel capsized with nearly 130 people on board. Sixteen ..