'Behave like a normal country,' Pompeo tells Iran

Iran refuses talks with US under coercion - Xinhua | English.news.cn

Iran refuses talks with US under coercion - Xinhua | English.news.cn

The U.S. military's Central Command confirmed on August 1 it has seen increased Iranian naval activity. When asked if it was being pushed to collapse, the third official said, "I'm not going to predict what's going to happen to the Iranian economy, other than to say we are intent on using these economic provisions to our advantage".

Sanctions are due to return in two phases on August 7 and November 5 with the first targeting Iran's access to U.S. banknotes and key industries including cars and carpets. He was referring to fears that essential supplies such as medicines would be affected when sanctions return.

Pompeo said the intensified pressure on Tehran was created to "push back against Iranian malign activity".

"If you stab someone with a knife and then you say you want talks, then the first thing you have to do is remove the knife", Mr Rouhani said.

Washington must prove, he said, "whether it wants to resolve the problem through negotiations". The action completes the withdrawal from the unsigned JCPOA and resets American-Iranian relations to the status quo ante.

It's a bigger risk than Trump took in North Korea in three ways.

"How do they show they are trustworthy?" The regime has used the windfall of newly accessible funds it received under the JCPOA to build nuclear-capable missiles, fund terrorism, and fuel conflict across the Middle East and beyond.

Earlier, Iranian president's chief of staff Mahmoud Vaezi revealed that during Rouhani's last visit to NY for the UN General Assembly session, Trump asked the Iranian delegation eight times to have a meeting with the president. "The US owes the Iranian nation for its intervention in Iran".

Live:Iran's President addresses nation on economy, nuclear deal and US sanctions.

A senior official at Iran's economy ministry said Tehran did not think the economic impact of the sanctions would be "massive".

Rouhani accused the USA of seeking to "launch psychological warfare against the Iranian nation and create divisions among the people.

They're unhappy with the failure of their own leadership to deliver the economic promises that their leadership promised them".

They want to impose a "blocking statute" which would stop the United States taking legal action against European firms which continue to do business with Iran. "We have interest and values and we have to balance both", said Kaeser.

But the USA sanctions strategy has several weak spots, especially a reluctance by Europe and China to curtail business with Iran.

Iran's rial currency has lost half its value since April under the threat of revived USA sanctions.

The unofficial rate for the rial fell to a record low of 119,000 to the USA dollar last week, compared to an official rate of 42,000.

He later said in a message on Twitter that the United States was "deeply concerned about reports of Iranian regime's violence against unarmed citizens" and urged respect for human rights.

Also on Sunday, officials arrested Ahmad Araghchi, a vice governor in charge of foreign exchange at the Central Bank of Iran (CBI), and several unidentified individuals, according to the judiciary.

Taking up Trump's offer to negotiate on giving up Iran's nuclear weapons program would satisfy the administration, Bolton said.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu leads the weekly meeting at the Prime Minister's Office in Jerusalem on July 29, 2018.

European Union diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the bloc, as well as Britain, France and Germany, deeply regretted the move by Washington.

The second administration official said Iran's economy was already on a "downward spiral" before Trump chose to reimpose sanctions and pointed to Iran's weakening currency, rising unemployment and growing protests across the country as evidence.

The rules, which will come into force at one minute past midnight EST on Tuesday, will bar the country from using United States dollars - the primary currency used for worldwide financial transactions, as well as oil purchases.

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