Multiple protests in Iran over currency drop, economic woes

Multiple protests in Iran over currency drop, economic woes

Multiple protests in Iran over currency drop, economic woes

Iran's parliament, for the first time ever, has called up Iranian President Hassan Rouhani to grill him on the foreboding economic downturn.

At the conference, Pompeo lobbied for support from other countries, but the Trump administration's posture on Iran is not popular in several parts of the world because it abandoned a deal that was viewed as largely successful in curtailing Iran's nuclear ambitions.

Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched his own rhetorical assault on Iran's leaders, promising unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.

Last month, when talking about Iran's right to the Strait of Hormuz, Rouhani commented that Americans "must understand that war with Iran is the mother of all wars and peace with Iran is the mother of all peace".

So, without any direct negotiations happening, how do Iran and the USA ever get anything done?

Iran acquired five new commercial aircraft on Sunday, a day before the US begins restoring sanctions that had been lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord with world powers.

Over the weekend, Trump once again floated the idea of meeting, tweeting "I will meet, or not meet, it doesn't matter - it is up to them!"

Note, the USA authorities on Monday, August 6, restore the first part of the sanctions against Iran in connection with the release of the American side of the Joint comprehensive plan of action.

Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), jumped the gun and said the Iranian people would not permit any politician to sit down and talk to Trump.

Mr Pompeo, in a speech to a largely Iranian-American audience in California, dismissed Mr Rouhani and Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, as "polished front men for the ayatollahs' worldwide con artistry".

Trump's whiplash between threats and diplomacy prompted déjà vu for some who saw similarities to how Trump approached North Korea.

Iran experts are skeptical Trump could repeat that formula with Rouhani.

But Trump and hawks in his administration, such as Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton, were determined to put Iran back on a blacklist that will harm its economy.

Takht Ravanchi, who was involved in more than two years of nuclear talks with 5+1 nations, stressed that Europe's failure to neutralize the upcoming sanctions will be tantamount to "negotiations for negotiations".

The UK, along with China, Germany, France, Russia and the European Union are negotiating with Iran on preserving the deal. Whether that works might become apparent between Monday's sanctions and the sanctions set be reimposed in November.

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

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