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05 November 2018, 04:58 | Joann Bryant
Iranian Crowds Chant 'Death To Israel,' 'Down With U.S.'
US President Donald Trump's administration reinstated all sanctions removed under the 2015 nuclear deal, targeting both Iran and states that trade with it, reports the BBC. In his presidential statement, Trump called on the regime to abandon its nuclear ambitions, change its "destructive behaviour", respect the rights of its people, and return in good faith to the negotiating table.
The US on Monday unleashed its "toughest ever" sanctions against Iran, a move that has already sparked mass protests in the oil-rich nation.
The other parties to the nuclear deal - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - have all vehemently opposed the USA move and vowed to keep trade going, though they are struggling to convince private companies to stand up to U.S. pressure. Trump administration officials have said eight entities are being given short-term waivers to allow them time to completely wind down their existing Iranian oil imports.
Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. would not dominate Iran.
"Sanctions waivers being given to key purchasers of Iranian oil, most alarmingly China, give Iran a financial reprieve, and should be eliminated as soon as possible", Rubio said in a press release on Friday.
But on the fringes of the crowd, chants of "Death to America" were lackluster, and the protesters appeared simply to be going through the motions.
The economic chaos sparked mass anti-government protests at the end of previous year that resulted in almost 5,000 reported arrests and at least 25 people being killed.
Mr Rouhani, meanwhile, pledged that Iran would overcome the sanctions.
United States Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin announced the imposing of a second round of sanctions on Iran, calling the regime a destabilizing force in the Middle East. The drill was to continue through Tuesday.
Saudi Arabia, the world's largest exporter, has claimed that it can respond to the Iranian shortfall, but some market players are wondering whether the kingdom is exhausting its capacities.
US sanctions permit trade in humanitarian goods such as food and pharmaceuticals, but measures imposed on banks and trade restrictions could make such items more expensive.
They will directly affect companies from third countries doing business with Iran.
'We are in the economic war situation.
One user tweeted in English: "Over the past 40 years, the Islamic regime of Iran tried to present the United States and Israel as Iran's enemies".
US President Donald Trump unilaterally withdrew Washington from the pact in May despite objections from close allies in Europe. He has issued a list of 12 demands that Iran must meet to get the sanctions lifted, including an end to its support for terrorism and military engagement in Syria and a halt to nuclear and ballistic missile development. The other parties to the deal - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - say they will not leave. Contrary to what he called "fueled misinformation", he stated that SWIFT, "if it provides financial messaging services to certain designated Iranian financial institutions...could be subject to sanctions".