Multiple protests in Iran over currency drop, economic woes

06 August, 2018, 10:13 | Author: Orlando Hughes
  • Iran: China

The timing of the cryptocurrency's introduction couldn't be more important, as the aggressive moves by the Trump administration are already putting a tight squeeze on Iran's suffering economy.

"I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet", Trump said.

The US has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic after his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.

Unlike North Korea, with whom the Trump administration is now eager to negotiate, Iran never produced a nuclear bomb. "That's the behavioral change that we're looking for from the Iranian regime", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told Metro TV in Jakarta.

Referring to recent sporadic protests in Iranian cities, Pompeo said: "The Iranian people are not happy - not with the Americans but with their own leadership". On June 25, traders in the Iranian capital's Grand Bazaar held a rare strike against the collapse of the rial on the foreign exchange market. Today protesters in Shiraz were attacked with tear gas by security forces during strikes, Express reported.

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On Saturday, a man taking part in a protest in Karaj in the northern province of Alborz was fatally shot, according to the semi-official Fars news agency.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani stated on Sunday that he would appear at an open session of the parliament to answer questions on his cabinet's economic performance and agenda, as requested by the lawmakers. United Nations inspectors said Iran was complying with the deal, but Trump felt the agreement did not go far enough.

The president also issued an all-caps threat to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last month, warning him not to threaten the US or "YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE".

China is "pivotal" to salvaging a multilateral nuclear agreement after the United States pulled out of the pact earlier this year, Iran's foreign minister said on Friday. "The role of China in the implementation of JCPOA, in achieving JCPOA, and now in sustaining JCPOA, will be pivotal", Reuters quoted Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying. Since the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran has cast itself as standing up to the U.S. with fierce opposition. Threats, sanctions & PR stunts won't work.

Rouhani himself has been mum about the talks offer, which came days after Trump threatened him with dire consequences, in response to Rouhani warning about "the mother of all wars". A mass exodus of worldwide investment in Iran would be a death blow to the Iran nuclear deal.

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