Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

Trump intends to force Iran "to behave as a normal country" - Pompeo

Trump intends to force Iran

USA sanctions targeting Iranian trade in automobiles, gold and other key metals will be re-imposed on Monday, while sanctions targeting the country's energy and banking sector will resume November 4.

Nephew highlighted the automotive sanctions as one of the more significant in the group since Iran had ambitions for auto exports to become a bigger part of its economy.

He was responding to a July 22 warning from Rouhani that the US should not "play with the lion's tail" and warned that any conflict with Iran would be the "mother of all wars".

President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of an agreement to lift sanctions in return for Iran curbing its nuclear programme caused a run on the rial as companies and savers bought hard currency to protect themselves from the looming economic sanctions.

"The Iranian people are not happy, not with the Americans but with their own leadership", he said.

Rouhani and his foreign policy team will be in NY in September for the UN General Assembly; both he and Trump will deliver speeches on the same day, Sept. 25. "If they want to meet, I'll meet".

Sanctions against Iran will be strictly adhered to and act as long as the Iranian government will not change its course radically, said the US Secretary of state Mike Pompeo, reports the Associated Press.

"To the extent that this is Trump's trying to replay the North Korea game, where you take a problem, turn it into a crisis, throw in some irresponsible belligerent rhetoric, and then do some diplomacy that doesn't achieve much but allows you to declare victory, I think that there are two big flaws with that cut and paste job", Jarrett Blanc, former Obama administration State Department coordinator for Iran nuclear implementation, said on a conference call.

Scattered protests in Iran as US sanctions loom
Some protesters have shouted "Mullahs get lost!" and "Death to the dictator!" the semi-official Fars news agency has reported . The nuclear deal lifted global sanctions in return for Iran limiting its nuclear program and allowing regular inspections.

Following the United States exit, Iran and the remaining parties launched talks to save the accord. "They've got to behave like a normal country".

The exercise could shut down of the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial Gulf passage for shipments of numerous commodities.

"The slogans in this protest were against the Islamic Republic of Iran and not about high inflation", the deputy of Fars governor for security, social and political affairs Hadi Pajohezh, told IRNA.

Iran has also been hit by falling salaries set against the rising cost of living, while water shortages and power outages have also hit the embattled country.

Protests that began in Iran on Tuesday afternoon continued across the country in Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Karaj, Sari, Bandar Abbas, and Ahvaz.

Footage posted online showed dozens of marchers in central Tehran chanting, "Death to the dictator", referring to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

The authenticity of the videos could not immediately be verified. Authorities said by early evening, all protesters had dispersed. There were no additional details.

This past week, though, Trump said he'd be willing to meet with Iranian leaders without any preconditions.

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