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The comments come just a few days after US President Donald Trump pledged to "substantially" increase sanctions on Iran.
The move marks the first time the United States has targeted lawmakers of the heavily armed, Iran-backed Hezbollah movement, which is part of Lebanon's coalition government.
Washington’s efforts to curb Iranian proxy are harshly criticized in Lebanon.
The new measures follow a round of sanctions imposed last month that targeted the Islamic Republic's export revenues from industrial metals.
"I really believe that Iran would like to make a deal, and I think that's very smart of them, and I think that's a possibility to happen," Trump said.
Yisrael Katz spoke at the annual Independence Day reception hosted by President Reuven Rivlin for heads of foreign diplomatic missions.
By GREER FAY CASHMAN
He also warned Europe against doing business with Tehran, increasing pressure hours after saying it will stop complying with parts of an international agreement to curb its nuclear program.
"We can export as much of our oil as we need and want."
“You can either work with the United States or you can work with Iran, but you can’t do both,” Hook told the Saudi-owned television news channel.
By MAAYAN JAFFE-HOFFMAN
Washington is pressuring Iran to curtail its nuclear program and stop backing militant proxies across the Middle East.
The exemptions mean officials from countries such as Iraq who may have dealings with Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps would not necessarily be denied U.S. visas.
A front page story in al-Watan newspaper, which is close to the Syrian government, said the government "wanted to present the picture as it is."
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a tweet that US sanctions were "impeding aid efforts by #IranianRedCrescent to all communities devastated by unprecedented floods."
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