Pompeo says Iran sanctions will be enforced

Pompeo says Iran sanctions will be enforced

The sanctions follow after the president's decision earlier this year to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal.

Iran's political class places huge emphasis on opposing the United States and its influence in the Middle East.

Washington chose to reimpose sanctions and has told other countries they must halt all imports of Iranian oil from November 4 or face USA financial measures. Yet the potential for major shocks to the economy from the phasing-out of the greenback and switch to a new currency has stalled such moves to decouple their economies from USA -dollar hegemony.

However, the regime has developed its intelligence network well over the past 40 years, throughout the country, so it is hard for people to protest without risking arrest - or, worse, their lives.

We will remind, on may 8, U.S. President Donald trump said that the USA withdraws from agreement on Iran's nuclear program. "I will meet, or not meet, it doesn't matter - it is up to them!" the president tweeted, as he traveled to a rally in Ohio.

Nonetheless, on July 31, the USA president told a rally in Tampa, Florida, "I have a feeling they [Iranians] will be talking to us pretty soon - And maybe not, and that's OK, too". Since the United States withdrawal from the Iran deal, Iran's currency has taken a nosedive, soaring up to around 120,000 rials to a dollar.

In short, Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, likely imposed tremendous cost and stress on Tehran's economy, and Iran has responded by staying in the deal and trying to portray itself as a good actor worthy of the world's support against USA hegemony.

Unlike North Korea, with whom the Trump administration is now eager to negotiate, Iran never produced a nuclear bomb.

Iran's parliament, for the first time ever, has called up Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to grill him on the foreboding economic downturn.

The United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Russian Federation - the other signatories to the JCPOA - have criticized America's decision to quit the deal.

The financial crisis in Iran could worsen to the point that mass protests make it impossible for the regime to hold on to power - though economic pressures risk galvanizing growing anti-American sentiment and support for hard-liners. I'm ready to meet whenever they want to. Asked if he had any preconditions for such a meeting, Trump replied, "No preconditions".

"Today we are at a very critical point in history regarding the nuclear deal, and Europe's transparent measures to compensate for the US' unlawful withdrawal from it are very important for the Iranian nation", Rouhani said after talks with new British Ambassador Rob Macaire.

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