Tumultuous Iran braces for return of United States sanctions

Glen Norman
August 6, 2018

Worldwide sanctions were lifted under the pact between world powers and Tehran in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme.

The nuclear deal lifted worldwide sanctions in return for Iran limiting its nuclear program and allowing regular inspections.

He noted that Washington is ready to move to Tehran, but it "requires huge changes in the Iranian regime".

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.

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President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the landmark agreement, signed by the USA and five other world powers, remains one of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his presidency. That's what America is trying to get Iran to stop doing. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the president's "strong stance" after years in which the Iranian "regime was pampered by the Obama administration and other world powers".

With a public outcry and heavy sanctions looming, there is no clear sign of a plan from the clerical regime to tackle these issues, to come up with a project or a proposal to ease the internal and worldwide pressure, or make any changes in their behavior.

Pompeo said it would require "enormous change" by Iran to get out from under renewed us sanctions.

Starting this week, Washington will re-impose sanctions on Iran's purchases of USA dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals, and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

China imports more oil from Iran than any other nation.

"Based on the constitution, military forces are subservient to the orders of the Supreme National Security Council [headed by the president], and they do not have the right to set the political agenda for the country", said Abdollah Ramazanzadeh.

Pompeo laid out the strategy behind the sanctions in his first major address as secretary of state.

Sanctions will also be reapplied to USA imports of Iranian carpets and foodstuffs and on certain related financial transactions.

Though the U.S. sanctions post-deal will be unilateral and not as strong as the pre-deal UN-imposed sanctions, fear angering the United States, the world's largest economy, will likely scare off Europeans who are otherwise committed to the deal. Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman Bahram Qasemi said in a press conference that the United States has to have respect for Iran and global law in order for dialogue to occur, according to IRNA news agency. The downturn has sparked waves of protests across Iran.

USA officials last week said Iran carried out a similar exercise, though Tehran did not immediately acknowledge it. Sanctions on trade in Iranian metals and automobiles go back into effect Monday.

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