Those who lobbied Trump to nix the deal argued that delivering a major blow to the economy could force Tehran to roll back its regional presence and stop developing ballistic missiles. Iranian leaders have said they won’t compromise on national security, and Iranians largely blame the U.S. for not abiding by the deal it spent years negotiating. … [Read more...] about Oil Sales, Bank Woes: Can Iran’s Economy Survive Trump Exit?
Middle East oil supplies could be cut off if the United States continues to work with allies to isolate Tehran from global markets, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani warned Tuesday. Rouhani spoke to Iranian expatriates in Switzerland during his visit there on Monday, AP reports. Part of that dialogue included the observation that the U.S. has threatened stop Iran from exporting its oil. The Iranian state TV broadcast Rouhani ‘s remarks, made as part of his official visit to Switzerland and Austria. … [Read more...] about Rouhani Warns U.S. of ‘Consequences’ for Push Against Iran Oil
“Remember the last few years, the sanctions were lifted. And so much of this malign activity, this increase in resources provided to Hizballah, the increase in resources provided to the Shia militias fighting in Iraq and in Syria, the support for the Houthis in Yemen, the efforts in Bahrain, those all took place against the backdrop of a relief from sanctions as a result of agreements that were entered into in the JCPOA,” Pompeo said at the time of his comments. … [Read more...] about Mnuchin: U.S. Willing to Consider Waivers for Iran Oil Sanctions
There were sporadic protests every few months after that. The next round of major protests, large enouch to threaten the government occurred after the 2009 presidential election. The violence that followed was bloody and massive. Largely peaceful street protests by hundreds of thousands of mostly young people occurred in Iran’s main cities and provincial capitals, including Tehran, Tabriz, Isfahan and Shiraz. They were met with unrestrained violence by the police and security forces. Dozens were killed, and 4,000 people were jailed. The police particularly targeted journalists and other government critics with widespread torture, beatings, and threats against family members. … [Read more...] about World View: Iran’s Protesters Blame Bad Economy on Supreme Leader, Not U.S. Sanctions
Bazaar families opposed the Iranian Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi and supported the 1979 Islamic Revolution that saw him replaced by the Shiite theocracy and elected officials. More recently in June, protesters swarmed Tehran’s Grand Bazaar and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls, apparently in anger over the rial dropping to 90,000 to the U.S. dollar on the black market despite government attempts to control the currency rate. … [Read more...] about Unease, Anger in Iran as U.S. Sanctions Hit Home, Economy Stalls