Iranians chant 'death to America' on eve of biting sanctions

Iranians chant 'death to America' on eve of biting sanctions

U.S. president Donald Trump has said that the United States sanctions will hit Iran in a "big way" from 5 November, asserting that the "toughest-ever" punitive measures have been put in place for a "corrupt regime" in Tehran.

Asked about the prospect of the country restarting a nuclear program, Pompeo replied that "We're confident the Iranians will not make that decision" on CBS' "Face the Nation".

"With God´s help and the resistance and perseverance of the pious and revolutionary people of Islamic Iran, this last weapon of the enemy - the economic war - which is accompanied by America´s widespread media operation against the nation of Iran, will be defeated", Jafari said.

The top commander of Iran's elite Revolutionary Guards, Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari, said at the Tehran rally that Iran would resist and defeat a U.S. "psychological war" and the return of United States sanctions, meant to cripple the Islamic Republic's oil exports and financial institutions.

The new American sanctions particularly hurt Iran's vital oil industry, a crucial source of hard currency for its struggling economy. Its rial currency now trades at 145,000 to one USA dollar, down from when it traded 40,500 to $1 a year ago.

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Mr Pompeo added oil exports have fallen to nearly one million barrel a day, despite it being the biggest income for Iran. Most Europeans, as well as Japan and South Korea, have stopped.

On Sunday, thousands of Iranians chanting "Death to America" rallied, rejecting calls for talks.

Iran's economic chaos sparked mass anti-government protests at the end of past year which resulted in almost 5,000 reported arrests and at least 25 people being killed.

USA officials did not immediately make an announcement as the sanctions took force in the early morning hours of November 5, part of Washington's effort to ramp up pressure on Tehran to "change its behavior" and end what the United States says is its "malign" activities in the region.

Iranian state television aired footage of air defence systems and anti-aircraft batteries in two-day military manoeuvrs underway across a vast stretch of the country's north. The drill was to continue through Tuesday.

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Iranian President Hassan Rouhani speaks during parliament's open session on confidence vote for four new ministers, in Tehran, Iran, October 27, 2018.

The other major oil producing countries are expected to ramp up production to try and compensate for Iran's anticipated decline in output. "And we're going to provide that to them". "We have the knowledge and the capability to manage the country's economic affairs", Foreign Ministry spokesperson Bahram Qasemi told state TV on Friday.

"I will stand against you", Soleimani said on Instagram, posting a similarly themed photo and repeating remarks made in July.

The reimposition of the sanctions comes as the United States is focused on USA congressional and gubernatorial elections on Tuesday. "We know that the Iranians developed all sort of techniques to avoid the sanctions in the past, and we are likely to see this again".

The UK, Germany and France - which are among the five countries still committed to the nuclear pact - have all objected to the sanctions.

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