European allies uneasy as United States restores Iran sanctions

European allies uneasy as United States restores Iran sanctions

CBS reported that Iranians have held protests across the country ahead of the new sanctions and as the nation's currency plummets, blaming Iran's leaders for the economic situation.

The agency reported all protests had taken place without official permission and were subsequently broken up by police.

For other matters, Switzerland is the nation that officially represents US interests in Iran since the USA cut off all ties after the 1979 Iranian revolution.

Sporadic protests were taking place in cities in Iran for a fourth day, with demonstrators attacking a Shi'ite seminary west of Tehran, according to Iranian news agencies and social media on Saturday, as Iranians brace for a return of US sanctions.

Speaking at a White House news conference on July 30, Trump had said, "I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet".

Pompeo said it would require "enormous change" by Iran to get out from under renewed USA sanctions.

The sanctions, which will target Iran's central bank and make it hard for the country to conduct global business, including the exportation of oil and minerals, were lifted when Tehran signed the worldwide nuclear deal in 2015 and agreed to dismantle most of its nuclear production facilities.

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

President Trump was responding to Rouhani, who had remarked earlier in the day that "America must understand well that peace with Iran is the mother of all peace and war with Iran is the mother of all wars".

Iranian authorities have yet to comment on them and several officials contacted by Reuters declined to comment. "The Trump administration is doing that on goal to keep everyone feeling threatened", said a Western businessman in Tehran working in the oil and gas sector.

Hundreds rallied in cities including Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, and Qom, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation, caused in part by a collapse in the rial currency over fears of the reimposition of crippling sanctions.

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.

"It should be discussed in the Supreme National Security Council", said Nategh Nouri, who is also a former aide to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei. There were no additional details.

The United States has told third countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil from early November or face USA financial measures.

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