Iran sees China as ‘pivotal’ to salvaging its nuclear deal

World       by Haider Ali | Published

Worldwide sanctions were lifted under the pact between world powers and Tehran in return for curbs on Iran's nuclear programme.

The first batch of the US sanctions against Iran will go into force on August 6. The Iranian rial has fallen to 99,000 to the US dollar despite a government-imposed rate of 44,000.

Trump said this week he is willing to meet with Iran's leadership, without preconditions, "whenever they want" - a sharp departure from his threats against the regime last week.

Monday ends another, 90-day period after which the USA can sanction transactions with US dollar banknotes; trade in gold and precious metals; direct or indirect sales of graphite, raw or semi-finished metals; and Iran's automotive sector.

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In short, Trump withdrew from the Iran deal, likely imposed tremendous cost and stress on Tehran's economy, and Iran has responded by staying in the deal and trying to portray itself as a good actor worthy of the world's support against USA hegemony.

For other matters, Switzerland is the nation that officially represents USA interests in Iran since the US cut off all ties after the 1979 Iranian revolution. "I do believe that they will probably end up wanting to meet".

Central bank governor Abdolnaser Hemmati said the plan reflected Iran's self-confidence in the face of the looming US sanctions.

European countries say they remain committed to the agreement, seeing it as the surest way to safeguard their national security.

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Though the U.S. sanctions post-deal will be unilateral and not as strong as the pre-deal UN-imposed sanctions, fear angering the United States, the world's largest economy, will likely scare off Europeans who are otherwise committed to the deal.

Or the regime could start to address what America calls its "malign influence" in the region, including its support to Syrian President Bashar Assad and threats to shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for worldwide oil supplies.

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a Shiite seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media.

The protests have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living and alleged financial corruption but quickly turned into anti-government rallies.

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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.

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