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For instance, US officials in recent years have accused both the regular Iranian Navy and the Iranian Revolutionary Guards Corps of routinely harassing American warships in the Gulf.

Iran's political class places huge emphasis on opposing the USA and its influence in the Middle East.

Protests broke out in several Iranian cities today over the dramatic drop of the country's currency and other economic problems ahead of the imposition of renewed USA sanctions, IRNA reported.

To encourage Iranians to return their hard cash to the economy, the plan allows the central bank to set up dollar savings accounts for ordinary people, state television said.

The US has been unable to persuade China to cut Iranian oil imports, dealing a blow to President Donald Trump's efforts to isolate the Islamic Republic after his withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear accord.

"I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet", Trump said.

Nonetheless, on July 31, the USA president told a rally in Tampa, Florida, "I have a feeling they [Iranians] will be talking to us pretty soon - And maybe not, and that's OK, too".

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Come August 6, Iran will no longer be able to buy or acquire USA dollars.

Sanctions will also be reapplied to US imports of Iranian carpets and foodstuffs and on certain related financial transactions.

That's according to two European diplomats involved in negotiations with the Trump administration over how sanctions would be re-imposed.

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in USA relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country. In August and November Iran faces two new waves of sanctions that will shut off their access to United States banking and oil exports. The U.S. Treasury must approve the sale of airplanes whose components are at least 10 percent American-made, like the AT72-600.

Amid the rapidly-spreading protests, Iran's parliament announced Wednesday it would hold a special session to question Rouhani about the plummeting currency and struggling economy.

The United Kingdom, France, Germany, and Russian Federation - the other signatories to the JCPOA - have criticized America's decision to quit the deal.

There is a wave of protests engulfing cities and towns in Iran, with slogans demanding a change of regime because of its inability to address the financial crisis, but the demonstrators are unsure about how they can bring about change peacefully. "I'll meet with anybody". Asked if he had any preconditions for such a meeting, Trump replied, "No preconditions".


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