Small Boat Harassment Remains Halted Despite Return of Iran Sanctions

Erika Holt
August 9, 2018

Following its withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal earlier this year, on Tuesday the U.S. slapped Iran with "the most biting sanctions ever".

At current market rates, the imports are worth about $15bn.

In several videos posted to social media over the past week, crowds of dissidents are heard chanting, "Death to the dictator" as the United States prepared to reinstate sanctions on the country following President Donald Trump's exit from the global nuclear deal in May. "That needs to take place in the process of negotiations, we've asked recently for Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to return to Pyongyang to meet again with Kim Jong Un on this subject".

In a tweet on Tuesday addressed to Donald Trump, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said the world is "sick and exhausted of US unilateralism". Donald Trump claimed they were "the most biting ever imposed" and warned that in November, sanctions would "ratchet up to yet another level" with an embargo on Iranian oil and blanket sanctions on Iranian banks.

According to Rouhani's own Mehr press agency, he also spoke of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal, saying the move resulted in complete loss of faith in Washington.

The EU has revived legislation meant to insulate European companies doing business with Iran from U.S. sanctions, instructing them not to comply with Washington's demands, and providing a mechanism to sue the USA in European courts.

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The high-level meeting follows the reimposition of sanctions on Iran by the USA on Tuesday, which a White House statement said targeted the country's energy sector and foreign financial institutions doing business with the Central Bank of Iran.

"Wherever you see Iranian activity, you see Qassem Soleimani".

Oman hosted secret talks between the two countries in 2012 that ultimately led to the 2015 landmark nuclear deal with world powers. "I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!"

His visit to Iran is the first by a high-ranking DPRK delegation since August previous year, when President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam and vice foreign minister Choe Hui Chol spent several days in the country.

"Prices are rising again, but the reason is government corruption, not U.S. sanctions", said Ali, a 35-year-old decorator in Tehran. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall.

Iran's currency has lost around half its value since Trump announced the U.S. would withdraw from the nuclear pact, but has surged since Sunday, following the arrest of the central bank's currency chief and new plans being announced.

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