As sanctions bite, where next for Trump's Iran strategy?

The Grand Bazaar in Tehran Iran

The Grand Bazaar in Tehran Iran

Worldwide sanctions were lifted under the pact between world powers and Tehran in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme.

As Iran reels from the economic war the waging on it, the country is hoping to avoid further damage from fast-approaching sanctions by launching a new digital currency, according to Iranian media reports.

The minister was referring to the technical name for the nuclear deal.

European countries, along with Russian Federation and China, remain committed to the nuclear deal, but European companies are unlikely to risk US sanctions to do business with Iran.

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in US relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country.

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Willian also now faces a delayed re-integration back into the side, who face Manchester City in the Community Shield on Sunday. Director Marina Granovskaia was also elated, adding, "We are very happy to secure Pedro's services for another year".

But Iran did not appear interested in drawing attention to them.

Dubowitz, who noted that Iran has tested fewer missiles of late, said Trump's rhetoric and position on Iran actually lowers the risk of escalation toward conflict.

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

China imports more oil from Iran than any other nation.

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. Protesters in the Iranian capital swarmed its historic Grand Bazaar on Monday, news agencies reported, and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls in apparent anger over the Islamic Republic's troubled economy, months after similar demonstrations rocked the country.

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Asked whether the conflict was over the golf club dispute, Giuliani replied, "I'm not going to go any further". It is illegal, however, to conspire to violate laws, including ones barring foreign participation in elections.

USA sanctions targeting Iranian trade in automobiles, gold and other key metals will be re-imposed on Monday, while sanctions targeting the country's energy and banking sector will resume November 4.

On Wednesday, U.S. officials told reporters the naval fleet of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is planning to use 100 gunboats in the Persian Gulf to practice "swarm" tactics, an exercise that is usually reserved for the fall.

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he supports Trump's willingness to sit down and talk with Iranian leaders.

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a Shi'ite seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media, as Iranians brace for a return of US sanctions.

A handout picture provided by the Iranian presidency shows Iranian president Hassan Rouhani during a meeting in Tehran on July 14, 2018.

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