Time to pick sides on Iran

Donald Trump has said that anyone who trades with Iran will not trade with the US: Quote:

US President Donald Trump on Tuesday warned that any country doing business with Iran will not trade with the US as the first set of US sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord went back into effect.

The sanctions, under an executive order signed by Trump, target financial transactions that involve US dollars, Iran’s automotive sector, the purchase of commercial planes and metals including gold.

More US sanctions targeting Iran’s oil sector and central bank are to be reimposed in early November. End quote.

Iran supports and finances terror organisations. It is a rogue state and Obama’s recklessness put Israel and other countries at risk. Donald Trump is putting sanctions back in place and he is going to enforce.

New Zealand must choose…do we value our trade with Iran or our trade with the USA? Quote:

New Zealand’s exports to Iran are worth $120 million annually, according to New Zealand commercial law firm Chapman Tripp. But that’s a pittance compared to New Zealand’s $8 billion in exports to the United States. End quote.

David Parker seems to be aloof as to the implications: Quote:

The government is confident the United States’ tough stance on all firms doing business with Iran will not apply to New Zealand.

Having re-imposed sanctions against Iran, US president Donald Trump tweeted that other nations should follow his lead, warning that any country doing business with Iran would not do business with the US.

Trade Minister David Parker said agricultural exporters should escape punishment, as US guidelines set out in 2013 exempted food from the sanctions.

“His (Trump) tweet was released contemporaneously with their more detailed policy.

“We want New Zealand companies that can legitimately trade with Iran to continue to do so, and the advice that I have had from MFAT (Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade) is that humanitarian goods can be traded, including medicines and food,” Mr Parker said. End quote.

This is the same man who was “confident” that the aluminium and steel tariffs imposed on New Zealand would be lifted like they were for Australia. How is that working out for Kiwi manufacturers Mr Parker?

Our prime minister marched in a rally against the democratic election of Donald Trump. She also insulted him at a trade meeting and the government wonders why they are getting nowhere with the USA. Now David Parker is rather stupidly thinking that we can carry on regardless, trading with Iran and there will be no backlash. He’s ballsy, I’ll give you that. He’s prepared to risk $8billion in exports?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

They say that news is something that someone, somewhere, wants kept quiet. Cam Slater doesn’t do quiet and, as a result, he is a polarising, controversial but highly effective journalist who takes no prisoners.

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