Protests continue in Iran for fifth day as United States sanctions loom

Posted August 05, 2018

Iranian authorities have barely mentioned days of demonstrations in the major cities of Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad and Tehran, driven by concerns over the economy as well as wider anger at the political system.

"At 9 pm (1530 GMT on Friday) they attacked the school and tried to break the doors down and burn things", Fars quoted the head of the school in the town of Ishtehad, Hojatoleslam Hindiani, as saying.

It also said the U.S. military was concerned about Iran's ability to disrupt shipping lanes and cut off the Strait of Hormuz, a critical waterway through which millions of barrels of oil pass on day-to-day basis. "The judiciary should find these people and arrest them", the cleric says, to chants of "Allahu akbar" ("God is greater") from the crowd.

Purchases from Iran could slow from August as imports from Tehran are getting tougher after the United States in May pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal and announced the renewal of sanctions against Tehran.

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In order to pass through tough times ahead the returning USA sanctions, we need to promote our cooperation with global power like China, Russia, and the EU, Akhoundi said on August 5, IRNA news agency reported.

In May, the United States pulled out of a 2015 deal between world powers and Tehran under which worldwide sanctions were lifted in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

This time previous year, Indian refiners had slashed imports from Iran in a possible retaliation for Tehran not awarding the development of a gas field in Iran to Indian firms.

Rouhani's apparent threat earlier in July to disrupt oil shipments from neighboring countries came in reaction to the looming USA sanctions and efforts by Washington to force all countries to stop buying Iranian oil.

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On Tuesday, the reimposition of USA sanctions will include purchasing of United States dollars, trade in gold and precious metals, coal and industrial-related software, U.S. imports of Iranian carpets, foodstuffs and some financial transactions.

Their arrival means Iran Air has received 13 of the 20 it ordered from the French-Italian manufacturer in April 2017.

Some smaller foreign companies have vowed to get around the USA sanctions but large multinational firms such as France's Total and Peugeot, and Germany's Siemens have already announced they'll abide by the sanctions.

The U.S. military's Central Command on Wednesday confirmed it has seen increased Iranian naval activity.

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"In November, when oil sales are affected, we will have a clearer view of the impact on daily lives".