Tumultuous Iran braces for return of U.S. sanctions

Leroy Wright
August 6, 2018

"An informed diplomatic source said Sunday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to grant a visa to the head. of Iran's interests section", reported the state-owned IRNA Iranian news agency adding that "Observers saw this.as a positive diplomatic step in Tehran-Riyadh relations".

The US is now also pushing Pyongyang to scrap its nuclear capabilities after President Donald Trump and North Korea's leader Kim Jong Un agreed a vague commitment to "denuclearisation of the Korean Peninsula" at their landmark summit in June.

Iranians accuse "political leaders of leading the country into ruin with mismanagement and corruption - and, now, new United States sanctions promise to make things even tougher", DW TV reported on Sunday.

So far, social media reports suggest the current protests are far from the scale of the unrest seen in December and January, when at least 25 people were killed in demonstrations that spread to dozens of towns and cities.

The drive, supported by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and National Security Adviser John Bolton, has intensified since Trump withdrew on 8 May from a 2015 seven-nation deal to stop Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Washington has told countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from 4 November or face United States financial measures.

A money changer holds USA dollar banknotes as he counts other currency banknotes at Grand Bazaar in Tehran, Iran October 14, 2017.

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Trump has long contended that the Obama-era deal was flawed from the start and in his May announcement that the US would withdraw, the president said the structure of the accord was "decaying and rotten".

The deal was thrown into doubt by the USA decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers and reimpose sanctions, part of which are due to resume from Tuesday.

However, U.S. officials said that as part of the sanctions, the Iranian government as of 0401 GMT/UTC on August 7 would no longer be able to buy U.S. banknotes. "Perhaps that will be the path the Iranians choose to move down with".

China's refusal to comply with U.S. sanctions, likewise, is a sign that Iran won't be totally cutoff from world markets. "There's no evidence to date of their desire to change to change their behaviour".

Iran's oil exports could fall by as much as two-thirds by the end of the year because of the USA sanctions, putting oil markets under huge strain amid supply outages elsewhere in the world. Iran acquired five new European commercial planes on Sunday before the sales were cut off.

"It's an important part of our efforts to push back against Iranian malign activity", he said. "Exporters would be allowed to sell hard currency to importers, and there would be no limit on bringing currency or gold into the country".

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