President Donald Trump said on Tuesday the new U.S. sanctions on Iran were “the most biting sanctions ever imposed”. “In November they ratchet up to yet another level. Anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States. I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!” he tweeted.
German car and truck manufacturer Daimler on Tuesday said it has dropped plans to expand its Iran business in reaction to renewed U.S. sanctions, which come into effect on Tuesday.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani issued a challenge to President Donald Trump on Monday, saying the Islamic Republic would welcome talks with the US "right now."
UANI IN THE NEWS
The pressure campaign from the United States is certainly working. Iran’s economy has begun to erode… At the same time, the Iranians have little drivers to bring them to the table.
Jason Brodsky, the policy director for United Against Nuclear Iran, a group that opposed the Joint Comprehensive Plan for Action, or JCPOA, the name of the Iran deal, said Trump was a businessman learning how to be a politician and a diplomat. “I think the president believes he has the ability by virtue of his personality and negotiating experience to be the great negotiator and to close deals he thinks are strong for the United States,” Brodsky said.
SANCTIONS, BUSINESS RISKS, & OTHER ECONOMIC NEWS
The U.S. moved to reimpose punishing sanctions on Iran and threatened even-tougher measures for later this year as the Trump administration sought to increase pressure on the Tehran regime to negotiate or step aside. Trump administration officials publicly maintain that the campaign isn’t aimed at regime change, even as thousands of Iranians protest a deteriorating economy.
Crude prices are likely to be volatile and higher, as tensions between the U.S. and Tehran rise ahead of the next wave of sanctions, aimed at cutting off Iran's oil exports by early November.
Senior European officials on Monday castigated U.S. President Donald Trump’s renewed sanctions on Tehran as “illegal” and in violation of a U.N. Security Council resolution, and they vowed to intensify efforts to thwart the U.S. measures and preserve the Iran nuclear accord.
The European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says the EU is encouraging enterprises to increase their business with Iran, as that country has been compliant with their nuclear-related commitments.
Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani responded to the return of sweeping U.S. sanctions with a statement of defiance and a call for unity. But with his promise to reconnect a youthful, striving nation to the world through the 2015 nuclear deal crumbling, the consequences could be stark.
President Donald Trump's national security adviser John Bolton argued Monday the administration's unilateral reimposition of sanctions on Iran was already having a major effect.
The United States is isolated in the world and will regret imposing sanctions on Iran, President Hassan Rouhani said on Monday, hours before new sanctions were due to take effect. “America will regret imposing sanctions on Iran ... They are already isolated in the world. They are imposing sanctions on Iranian children, patients and the nation,” Rouhani said in a televised speech.
Money exchange shops across Iran cautiously reopened Tuesday after being shut for five months amid economic turmoil fanned by America's withdraw from the nuclear deal.
In July, Iran sentenced scores of students to lengthy prison terms for peacefully protesting against the clerical regime… The Trump administration, for its part, has rightly condemned the sentences. But rhetoric is not enough. To send a stronger message to Tehran that its miscarriage of justice will carry a price, Washington should sanction Mansour Gholami, the minister of science, research, and technology, who presides over Iran’s higher education system.
PROTESTS & HUMAN RIGHTS
As the first wave of renewed U.S. sanctions against Iran goes into effect Tuesday amid rising street protests over the country’s disastrous economy, analysts are divided about whether popular anger over runaway inflation and unemployment will be directed at the government in Tehran—or at the United States.
Senior Donald Trump administration officials said today they hope that renewed US economic sanctions on Iran that go into effect Tuesday will fuel Iranian protests and ultimately pressure the Iranian regime to take up Trump on his offer for talks for a broader deal.
Sporadic street clashes and other protests have hit major cities in Iran since late July as Iranians express anger over economic woes that include rising prices and a sustained fall in the value of Iran's national currency. The extent and seriousness of protests in Iran can be difficult to gauge, with tight controls on newsgathering and the publication of information regarded as subversive or even critical of the religious establishment that has run the country since the 1979 revolution.
IRANIAN INTERNAL DEVELOPMENTS
While some Iranian Kurdish armed opposition groups are intent on raising the heat on Iran amid ongoing U.S. pressure, other groups are careful not to enter a conflict are careful not to enter a conflict that may spiral out of control.
RUSSIA, SYRIA, ISRAEL, HEZBOLLAH, LEBANON & IRAN.
Russia is continuing efforts to enforce an agreement designed to stabilize the situation at the border between Israel and Syria.
Iran's blockage of the strategic Bab al-Mandab strait would, as the premier knows, cost Israel dearly, mainly in terms of trade with the East.