Rouhani: Iran will not give in to United States pressure

Rouhani: Iran will not give in to United States pressure

Rouhani: Iran will not give in to United States pressure

Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Doletabadi said the "main provocateurs" of Monday's protests were arrested, but did not say how many. This time, that may not be the case, as USA officials went on record to say they would not give out waivers to allies.

It came after protesters in Tehran swarmed the grand bazaar on Monday and forced shopkeepers to close their stalls, months after similar demonstrations rocked the country.

Iran's currency has plunged nearly 50 percent in value in the past six months, with the U.S. dollar now buying around 85,000 rials on the open market.

The economic trouble comes as worldwide firms have pulled away from Iran after President Donald Trump's decision to withdraw America from Tehran's nuclear deal with world powers.

In the first large-scale demonstrations in Iran since last December, when public calls for Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei to step down were violently contained by Iranian security forces, Iranians are once again taking to the streets in anger about the devaluation of the rial which is driving up the price of imports throughout the country.

President Rouhani defended his economic record in a live televised address, saying the government's income hadn't shrunk and pinning the blame for Iran's currency woes on "foreign media propaganda".

The value of the US dollar has been increasing, as a result of which the prices of raw materials increase too. "During 2011-2015, India reduced its purchases of Iranian oil-at some cost to its own development-in order to receive from the U.S. administration exemptions from sanctions".

"Japanese companies were beginning to look toward Iran as an attractive investment destination", according to Mitsuo Fujiyama, a senior economist at the Japan Research Institute Ltd.

Still, ISNA reported the country's parliament speaker, Ali Larijani, said Tuesday that the Rouhani administration hasn't done enough to confront the economic problems.

Mr Rouhani's power within the government appears to be abating, with some openly calling for military officials to lead the country.

Rouhani said that his administration was standing in the front line of an economic war being waged by the US.

Iran's semi-official news agencies, Fars, ISNA and Tasnim, described the protests at the Grand Bazaar as erupting after the Iranian rial dropped to 90,000 to the dollar on the country's black market, despite government attempts to control the currency rate.

Those comments came after Mr Trump on Monday claimed "a lot of progress has been made in the Middle East. and it really started with the end of the disgusting Iran deal".

The senior USA official, briefing reporters on condition of anonymity, admitted that this would be unpopular. "We view this as one of our top national-security priorities", the official said. However, with Donald Trump's access to the presidential post things have changed.

He also urged "honest talks" between the two nations, which Ahmadinejad said would be of interest to both. "It supports far-right political parties in Iraq and Lebanon and elsewhere and then pretends that the extremists who respond to them require more Iranian presence to "defend stability".

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