Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Scattered protests in Iran as USA sanctions loom

Scattered protests in Iran as USA sanctions loom

Historic deal on Iran's nuclear program from 2015 provides for the removal of sanctions against Iran in exchange for limiting its opportunities for the enrichment and storage of nuclear materials.

Central bank governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said the plan reflected Iran's self-confidence in the face of the looming USA sanctions.

Rouhani, a pragmatist who was instrumental in Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with the United States, is facing strong headwinds because US President Donald Trump pulled Washington out of that deal in May and has threatened to reimpose sanctions in order to choke its oil-exports driven economy.

The looming United States sanctions have led to a worsening economic crisis in Iran that has seen a sharp drop in the value of the Iranian currency since Trump walked out of the nuclear deal.

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in USA relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country.

"China always holds the view that JCPOA is a multilateral deal which is verified and approved by the United Nations Security Council and accords the common interests of all parties and the global community, which must be respected and safeguarded so as to maintain the authority of the United Nations, the effectiveness of multilateral deals and the credibility of the worldwide rules", Yi reportedly said. The government pledged last week to provide basic commodities to the poor, but many emphasized feelings of panic among Iranians as a result of rising US-Iranian tensions.

ATR, jointly owned by European consortium Airbus and Italy's Leonardo, has been pushing US officials to allow it to finish its delivery of aircraft to Iran. Representatives of the administration trump says that the sanctions resume "in an attempt to change the behavior of the Iranian regime". Iranian oil sales are a crucial source of hard currency.

"The problem is: What next?" one of the European diplomats said, referring to concerns that the eyeing regime change as the sanctions' end goal.

In some cities like Shiraz riot police forces used tear gas to push back protesters, according to Radio Zamaneh.

The sanctions that go back into effect on Monday cover Iranian trade in automobiles and metals, including gold.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Tehran on July 14, 2018.

The report said a protest was taking place in Karaj, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Tehran, when someone fired from a auto.

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