China Rejects US Request to Cut Iran Oil Imports

Hugh Fox
August 6, 2018

He has frequently called the pact the "worst deal ever", and has vowed to negotiate a better one, but Iran has shown no interest in returning to the table and has called on the accord's remaining partners to stick to it, while also threatening to ramp up its enrichment program again.

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.

"The president is trying to find a way to move forward, but it's going to require enormous change on the part of the Iranian regime", Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo said Sunday.

US President Donald Trump told White House reporters on Monday that he is willing to meet Iranian leaders "any time they want".

The Gulf nation served as a neutral middleman between Iran and the USA and was vital for getting the talks started in the first place. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the president's "strong stance" after years in which the Iranian "regime was pampered by the Obama administration and other world powers".

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Trump administration officials say the sanctions are being restored starting Monday in an effort to change the Iranian regime's behavior.

Sanctions will also be reapplied to US imports of Iranian carpets and foodstuffs and on certain related financial transactions.

Trump and other officials have expressed hopes that the sanctions and demonstrations will help put pressure on the government to come back to the negotiating table.

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a Shiite seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media.

Washington's so-called "snapback" sanctions are due to be reinstated against Tehran at 12:01 a.m. EDT on Tuesday, a U.S. Treasury official said, speaking on condition anonymity.

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The sanctions that go back into effect on Monday cover Iranian trade in automobiles and metals, including gold.

Iran's economy was plunged into a downward spiral following Trump's announcement that the United States was scrapping the nuclear deal.

The report said a protest was taking place in Karaj, 50 kilometers (30 miles) west of Tehran, when someone fired from a auto.

As Tuesday, the Iran government can no longer buy US bank notes and broad sanctions will be slapped on Iranian industries, including its rug exports.

In this July 30, 2018, photo, an Iranian street money exchanger holds a US banknote in downtown Tehran, Iran.

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