Iran naval drills created to send message to Washington, US general says

Marsha Scott
August 9, 2018

The new United States sanctions, imposed on Tuesday, target Iran's access to dollars and its ability to trade in gold and other precious metals.

Iran's markets were actually relatively buoyant, with the rial strengthening by 20 per cent since Sunday after the government relaxed foreign exchange rules and allowed unlimited, tax-free gold and currency imports.

In several videos posted to social media over the past week, crowds of dissidents are heard chanting, "Death to the dictator" as the United States prepared to reinstate sanctions on the country following President Donald Trump's exit from the global nuclear deal in May.

"We still think that it is a mistake to give up on the nuclear accord with Iran", Maas said in an interview with the daily Passauer Neue Presse.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met with his North Korean counterpart Ri Yong Ho on Tuesday (Aug 7), on the same day the USA reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on the Islamic republic.

On Tuesday, US President Donald Trump wrote on social media that "anyone doing business with Iran will NOT be doing business with the United States".

Rouhani, speaking in a meeting with North Korea's foreign minister on Wednesday, said that America can not be trusted, according to the State news agency IRNA.

"The Iran sanctions have officially been cast".

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The Defense Department announced last week that it was monitoring a major Iranian naval exercise that began August 2 in the vicinity of the Strait of Hormuz, timed to coincide with the USA reimposition of stringent economic sanctions on Iran restricting trade, export of certain products, and the ability to purchase US currency.

Trump has said he is ready to hold talks with Iranian leaders, without preconditions but meanwhile, his administration has vowed to press on with its pressure campaign.

"Tantrums & CAPPED TWEETS won't change the fact that the world is sick & exhausted of USA unilateralism".

His visit to Iran is the first by a high-ranking DPRK delegation since August a year ago, when President of the Presidium of the Supreme People's Assembly Kim Yong Nam and vice foreign minister Choe Hui Chol spent several days in the country.

European countries have also vowed to protect the nuclear deal by continuing to trade with Iran.

"For whatever reason they're doing that, I hope that continues", Votel said.

Many hope and believe that Iran's leaders will "drink the poison cup" and negotiate with the USA eventually.

Help us grow and continue telling Israel's story to the world. Ali Vaez, Iran project director for the International Crisis Group, told AFP that the sanctions would inflict "significant harm" on the Iranian economy.

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