Scattered protests in Iran as USA sanctions loom

Javad Zarif tweet

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif's tweet – complete with map

There have been several demonstrations in Iranian cities in recent days over economic conditions and public buildings have been damaged.

"At 9:00 pm (1630 GMT on Friday) they attacked the school and tried to break the doors down and burn things", Fars quoted the head of the school in the town of Ishtehad, Hojatoleslam Hindiani, as saying, giving only his clerical rank and no first name.

But as the new Indian fiscal year began in April, refiners have been taking more Iranian oil imports compared to the previous fiscal year, as Iran offered incentives such as extended credit periods and nearly free shipping to keep its market share in India-Tehran's second-largest oil customer after China. "The judiciary should find these people and arrest them".

Iran will not sit down for negotiations under pressures, in particular with U.S. President Donald Trump who "has breached obligations", Iran's Foreign Ministry Bahram Qasemi said Saturday.

"Along with the five ATR planes, we have imported USA made and European-made plane parts", Akhoundi said on August 5, Mehr news agency reported.

The three European signatories to the nuclear deal, the United Kingdom, France and Germany agreed with China and Russian Federation last month to continue to support Iran through the reimposition of USA sanctions.

NEW DELHI, Aug 2 (Reuters) - India's monthly oil imports from Iran surged by about 30 percent to a record 768,000 barrels per day (bpd) in July, as state refiners' intake surged ahead of US sanctions in November, preliminary tanker arrival data obtained by Reuters showed.

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

Their arrival means Iran Air has received 13 of the 20 it ordered from the French-Italian manufacturer in April 2017.

After years of diplomatic blackout between Iran and Saudi Arabia, Tehran plans to soon open an interest section in Riyadh.

Some smaller foreign companies have vowed to get around the United States sanctions but large multinational firms such as France's Total and Peugeot, and Germany's Siemens have already announced they'll abide by the sanctions.

Saudi Arabia, Russia, Kuwait and the UAE have increased production to help to compensate for an anticipated shortfall in Iranian crude supplies once planned U.S. sanctions take effect later this year.

It is not yet clear how all this will affect ordinary Iranians, but a European diplomat in Tehran who monitors the economy said prices of basic foods were already creeping up.

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