Iran receives more airplanes ahead of renewed USA sanctions

Iran receives more airplanes ahead of renewed USA sanctions

Iran receives more airplanes ahead of renewed USA sanctions

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a Shi'ite seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media, as Iranians brace for a return of USA sanctions.

Those sanctions go back in place on Monday.

The U.S. 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".

Trump administration officials say the sanctions are being restored starting Monday in an effort to change the Iranian regime's behavior. "That's the behavioral change that we're looking for from the Iranian regime". "That's what America is trying to get Iran to stop doing".

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. Iran's powerful Revolutionary Guard on Sunday acknowledged conducting recent naval exercises near the crucial Strait of Hormuz after renewing threats to cut off the waterway to oil traders.

Iran's currency has been in steady decline since the start of the year as the country anxiously awaits the re-imposition of full United States sanctions, trading at record lows and losing almost two-thirds of its value against the dollar.

If Iran senses "American steel they back down, if they perceive American mush they push forward - and right now they perceive steel", said Mark Dubowitz, chief executive of Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a Washington think tank that lobbied against the nuclear deal.

U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the 2015 deal in May.

European countries say they remain committed to the agreement, seeing it as the surest way to safeguard their national security.

The U.S. has been pushing its allies to halt their import of Iranian oil ahead of the November deadline.

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

If the re-imposed sanctions caused the government in Tehran to collapse, Iran would likely devolve into civil war like what unfolded in Syria or radicals would assume power, the diplomat said.

"Iran will be forced to make a choice: either fight to keep its economy off life support at home or keep squandering precious wealth on fights overseas".

Iran's economy was plunged into a downward spiral following Trump's announcement that the United States was scrapping the nuclear deal.

In this video grab made from a video by Nasim News Agency an Iranian cleric speaks to a crowd of protesters demonstrating in Mashhad on August 3, 2018. USA officials last week said Iran carried out a similar exercise, though Tehran did not immediately acknowledge it.

In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which global sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

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