What is it meant by “sanctions grip” in the following sentence:
“China, Germany defend Iran business ties as U.S. sanctions grip”?
Is sanctions here a plural noun or singular verb?
That sentence was the title of a Netscape news article (which is not available in the EU).
Can anyone explain it please?
In the sentence “China, Germany defend Iran business ties as U.S. sanctions grip”,
Sanction[ C usually plural ] an official order, such as the stopping of trade, that is taken against a country in order to make it obey international law
grip (of an emotion or situation) have a strong or adverse effect on.
The first six paragraphs in the article state:
China and Germany defended their business ties with Iran on Wednesday in the face of President Donald Trump’s warning that any companies trading with the Islamic Republic would be barred from the United States.
The comments from Beijing signalled growing anger from partners of the United States, which reimposed strict sanctions against Iran on Tuesday, over its threat to penalize businesses from third countries that continue to operate there.
“China has consistently opposed unilateral sanctions and long-armed jurisdiction,” the Chinese foreign ministry said.
“China’s commercial cooperation with Iran is open and transparent, reasonable, fair and lawful, not violating any United Nations Security Council resolutions,” it added in a faxed statement to Reuters.
“China’s lawful rights should be protected.”
The German government said U.S. sanctions against Iran that have an extra-territorial effect violate international law, and Germany expects Washington to consider European interests when coming up with such sanctions.
The meaning of who is impacted is explained further in the article in the following paragraphs:
Trump tweeted on Tuesday: “These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States.”
European countries, hoping to persuade Tehran to continue to
respect the deal, have promised to try to lessen the blow of
sanctions and to urge their firms not to pull out. But that has
European companies have quit Iran, arguing
that they cannot risk their U.S. business.
Among those that have suspended plans to invest in Iran are
France’s oil major Total , its big carmakers PSA
and Renault , and their German rival Daimler
Danish engineering company Haldor Topsoe, one of the world’s
leading industrial catalyst producers, said on Wednesday it
would cut around 200 jobs from its workforce of 2,700 due to the
new U.S sanctions on Iran, which made it very hard for its
customers there to finance new projects.
The chief executive of reinsurance group Munich Re
said it may abandon its Iran business under pressure
from the United States, but described the operation as very
In other words, the Chinese and German governments have defended their continued business dealings with Iran but at the same time are concerned because some companies are withdrawing from doing business in Iran as this can potentially affect their interests in the U.S.