With US sanctions set to begin, where next for Trump's Iran strategy

Aug 06, 2018, 06:12
With US sanctions set to begin, where next for Trump's Iran strategy

President Donald Trump has set out on a puzzling and ambitious policy towards Iran that looks increasingly focused on a summit that would deeply humiliate the Islamic Republic's leadership.

Trump at one point unleashed a Twitter tirade in which he blasted, using all caps, Rouhani's "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE".

"The IRGC is not Iranian in name or deed", Trump said in a statement on Nowruz, the Persian new year, in March.

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.

In his first public comments after the Trump remarks, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani avoided mentioning Trump's comments, instead stressing the need for the other nations involved in the nuclear deal to forge ahead with their pledges of trying to salvage it.

But Trump and hawks in his administration, such as Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton, were determined to put Iran back on a blacklist that will harm its economy.

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.

As the Trump administration readies to re-impose sanctions on Iran that were lifted under the 2015 nuclear accord, America's European allies fear greater regional instability.

Rouhani and his foreign policy team will be in NY in September for the UN General Assembly; both he and Trump will deliver speeches on the same day, Sept. 25.

The timing of the cryptocurrency's introduction couldn't be more important, as the aggressive moves by the Trump administration are already putting a tight squeeze on Iran's suffering economy. I will meet, or not meet, it doesn't matter - it is up to them!

"We need them to change their behavior on a number of threats they can pose with their military, with their secret services, with their surrogates and with their proxies", Mattis told Pentagon reporters.

According to Pompeo, the restoration of sanctions against Iran is an important pillar in USA policy.

The exercise could shut down of the Strait of Hormuz, a crucial Gulf passage for shipments of numerous commodities. Some protesters have shouted "Mullahs get lost!" and "Death to the dictator!" the semi-official Fars news agency has reported.

On Tuesday and Wednesday, about 200 people demonstrated in the city of Karaj, west of Tehran, IRNA reported. The videos could not be authenticated.

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