Some officials have blamed Iran's regional rivals, including US-backed Saudi Arabia and the UAE, for limiting Tehran's access to dollars. Unilateral abrogation would nearly certainly trigger a diplomatic crisis between the US and the other signatories - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - and could even lead to "military confrontation", according to Foad Izadi, a foreign policy specialist at the University of Tehran.
Syria was already on edge, braced for military retaliation from the United States, when missiles struck an air base near Palmyra in the east of the province of Homs in the pre-dawn hours, prompting accusations from the Syrian Government that U.S. forces were responsible. Iran's official foreign reserves were estimated by the International Monetary Fund at over $130 billion early previous year, but many official figures are doubtful, and Emadi said conversations with private bankers suggested the amount of easily accessible reserves might be $35-55 billion.
"The Assad regime has blatantly violated the Chemical Weapons Convention and UN Security Council resolutions, and no drumbeat of nonsensical claims by either the regime or its protectors can hide this truth", declared US State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert in a recent statement.
Mandelker, speaking in London, said Iran was using money to support Hezbollah, Hamas and Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.
Head of the Riyadh-based Center for Media and Arab-Russian Studies, Majed bin Abdulaziz Al Turki told Sputnik he believed the United Stetes and its allies would most likely conduct strikes against Syria.
"Obama needs Congressional approval.' But, given that Trump has already shown he has forgotten that tweet when he attacked a Syrian air base on April 7, 2017, the chance of his memory being refreshed now is even slimmer", Bruno said.
While not directly confirming the reports, Public Security Minister Gilad Erdan seemed to address the strike in comments to the Knesset.
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Valiati praised the actions of the Syrian army in the attack.
Syria and its allies Russian Federation and Iran deny the attack and have called for an investigation by the Organisation for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons. With geopolitical risk and fears of a trade war between the United States and China adding a premium to the price of oil, there's little room for luxury like the absence of Iranian barrels. At a time when North Korea will hold talks with the White House leadership in the near future, Iran, however, has not taken any steps forward in this path.
The small USA force of about 2000 troops deployed in northeastern Syria alongside Syria's Kurds are particularly vulnerable to revenge attacks by both Iran and Syria, he said. The West, led by the USA, is looking for excuses to prevent Assad from completing his victory and rebuilding Syria.
"Our ability for reversal in other areas will be far greater than before", he said. "If it's Russian Federation, if it's Syria, if it's Iran, if it's all of them together, we'll figure it out and we'll know the answers quite soon". Trump since January has surrounded himself with advisors critical of Iran.
"Israel has been trying to convince Washington to adopt a more pro-active, anti-Iran strategy in Syria, and certainly sees Trump's rhetoric in the wake of the chemical attack as an opportunity".
The ministry's press release made no mention of the alleged victims.
Iran often boasts of technological achievements which are impossible to independently verify.