Iran facing tough new sanctions reality

World       by Muhammad Irfan | Published

Asked about the future of diplomatic relations between Tehran and Riyadh, Qassemi said Switzerland has been representing Iranian interests in Saudi Arabia under an agreement reached with Bern eight months ago.

Branding the Iranian government "bad actors", Mr Pompeo warned Tehran it would "require enormous change" on Iran's part for the USA to review its approach.

Today's tranche of sanctions - the first of two sets, with others coming into effect on 4 November - would affect the purchase of USA dollars, trade in gold and certain other metals, as well as aviation and the vehicle industry.

The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil starting in early November or face U.S. financial measures.

More than half-a-dozen current and former officials told the Reuters news agency that the campaign is meant to work in concert with US President Donald Trump's push to economically throttle Iran by re-imposing tough sanctions.

USA sanctions had been eased by the Obama administration under the terms of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

Under such circumstances negotiations can not be held, he said, adding that the Iranian people will resist the pressures and will conquer finally.

He added that the Iranian people "are unhappy with the failure of their own leadership to deliver the economic promises that their leadership promised them".

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Mr Pompeo said the USA wants "the Iranian people to have a strong voice of who their leadership will be", although he stopped short of calling for regime change in Tehran.

Iranian authorities have barely mentioned days of protests in the major cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and Tehran, driven by concerns over the economy as well as wider anger at the political system.

The plunge in the currency and soaring inflation have sparked sporadic demonstrations against profiteering and corruption, with many protesters chanting anti-government slogans.

Pompeo says the sanctions will be rigorously enforced and remain in place until the Iranian government radically changes course.

The AP reported that ATR has pushed the USA for permission to send the final seven airplanes to Iran.

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

In Washington, the US State Department said on its Persian-language Twitter account: "While it is ultimately up to the #people_of_Iran to determine their country's path, #America supports the voice of the Iranian people, which has been ignored for a long time".

Key Trump administration figures, including national security advisor John Bolton, have called for regime change in the past, although the official line is that Washington only wants a change in its "behaviour".

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