Scattered protests in Iran as US sanctions loom

Scattered protests in Iran as US sanctions loom

Scattered protests in Iran as US sanctions loom

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, center, talks with Indonesian President Joko Widodo, unseen, during their meeting at Merdeka palace in Jakarta, Indonesia, Sunday, Aug. 5, 2018.

Trump administration officials also argued that because the US lifted sanctions against Iran as part of the agreement, it in effect stripped Washington of one of its most powerful tools to penalize Tehran.

The US walked out of the 2015 nuclear deal in May and is bringing back "maximum pressure" sanctions for most sectors on August 6, and the energy sector on November 4.

Iran's foreign minister said on Friday China was "pivotal" to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement for the Middle Eastern country after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year.

Trump's offer for dialogue came after Pompeo seemed to suggest support for a change in Iran leadership, telling an audience of Iranian expats in California that the regime had been a "nightmare". "That's the behavioral change that we're looking for from the Iranian regime".

Iran hawks believe the pressure is already showing results, pointing to a surprising lack of harassment by Iranian naval forces against American warships in the Gulf this year.

ATR, jointly owned by European consortium Airbus and Italy's Leonardo, has been pushing USA officials to allow it to finish its delivery of aircraft to Iran.

Iran's currency has been in steady decline since the start of the year as the country anxiously awaits the re-imposition of full U.S. sanctions, trading at record lows and losing almost two-thirds of its value against the dollar.

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U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 deal in May. That's according to two European diplomats involved in negotiations with the Trump administration over how sanctions would be re-imposed.

A deepening of Iran's economic crisis could also lead to an influx of refugees and migrants into Europe like that seen on the heels of the Syrian conflict. "If we can not fulfill these, this risks Iran deciding that it no longer has to abide by the restrictions".

The dramatic about-face, which Secretary of State Mike Pompeo quickly tamped down, came just days after the enigmatic USA president and Rouhani traded barbs.

Iran's economy was plunged into a downward spiral following Trump's announcement that the United States was scrapping the nuclear deal.

Trump has stated he wants a new deal with Iran that goes beyond curbing its nuclear programme, and ends what America calls its "malign influence" in the region, including its support to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and threats to shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for worldwide oil supplies.

In this July 30, 2018, photo, an Iranian street money exchanger holds a USA banknote in downtown Tehran, Iran.

On Aug. 7, Washington will reimpose sanctions on Iran's purchase of USA dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

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