New U.S. Sanctions Against Iran Go Into Effect

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Among the anniversary events was an exhibition of cartoons in Tehran called "Donald Salman" - a reference to the close ties between the USA president and King Salman, ruler of Iran's regional rival, Saudi Arabia.

He said he could not rule out that the us administration would extend the waivers beyond six months.

The US imposed strict sanctions on Iran's vital energy sector on Monday, which were lifted under Iran's 2015 nuclear deal with major powers. The first round of sanctions went into force on August 6 and the second round, which targets Iran's oil exports and banks, were announced on November 4.

"In general, one can say that the interests of nuclear nonproliferation are not placed in the hierarchy of Washington's foreign policy priorities as high as it is declared, otherwise the United States would not have acted so irresponsibly and defiantly", he concluded.

"We have chose to issue temporary allotments to a handful countries responsive to the specific circumstances and to ensure a well supplied oil market", Pompeo said. "This is not about hurting the people of Iran, but we will not let money be diverted to humanitarian purposes and then put for terrorist activities".

Senator Marco Rubio of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee responded to the administration's announcement, specifically noting the SWIFT transactions issues as well as the issuance of SREs: "More must be done to press the SWIFT financial messaging service to once again sever connections with the Central Bank of Iran and other sanctioned Iranian banks by a certain date".

Hua urged all sides to keep in mind "long-term interests, fulfill their obligations and responsibilities and choose to stand on the right side of history".

Oil is the country's top export.

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Salami made the remarks on a day when the authorities in Iran organize anti-U.S. gatherings nationwide, unleashing slogans to mark the 1979 seizure of the USA embassy in Tehran.

Thousands of Iranians chanting "Death to America" rallied on Sunday, rejecting calls for talks. Stuxnet is widely believed to be an American and Israeli creation, though neither country has acknowledged being behind the attack.

Mr Rouhani said four countries had approached him during his visit to NY for the UN General Assembly in September, offering to mediate with the United States, but he turned them down.

Rouhani said the European Union has stood against the USA violation of the nuclear agreement which is a "success of diplomacy" for Iran. "And we're going to provide that to them".

He claimed the sanctions would backfire and work against the United States and that "many countries from Europe to Russian Federation and China have opposed the sanctions". He said what he called "the terror regime" in Tehran must change its ways.

He said: "America has launched an economic and psychological war as a last resort".

While now not threatening to resume higher enrichment, in recent months Iranian officials have made a point to threaten that it could resume at any time faster than before.

Senior Iranian officials have dismissed concerns about the impact to its economy.

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