Washington restores tough, unilateral Iran sanctions lifted under nuclear deal

President Rouhani is facing renewed discontent over living standards which are being squeezed under the threat of US sanctions

A combination of two pictures shows U.S. President Donald Trump (L) on July 22, 2018, and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on February 6, 2018. Trump abandoned the deal in May.

"This is an indication of how strongly we feel that the Iranian nuclear weapons program, its ballistic missile program, it's support for terrorism, it's belligerent activity in the Middle East have to stop", Bolton said.

The European countries have promised to try to mitigate the impact of renewed US sanctions to persuade Tehran to continue to abide by the deal's terms.

The commission says this is created to protect European Union firms in Iran by allowing them to recover any United States damages, including legal costs. "These are the most biting sanctions ever imposed, and in November they ratchet up to yet another level", Trump wrote in an early morning tweet Tuesday.

"I am asking for WORLD PEACE, nothing less!"

Many Iranians blame their own government for the return of USA sanctions, but they also fear it could be the "final nail in the coffin" for the floundering economy.

"Looking at the region from Yemen to Syria to Gaza, the Iranian regime is using the resources they had got from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action [the official name of the 2015 deal] to spread human misery across the region, instead of investing it in their people at home", an official said.

"Preserving the nuclear deal with Iran is a matter of respecting global agreements and a matter of worldwide security", she said, in a joint statement on Monday along with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and the United Kingdom.

John Glaser, director of foreign policy studies at the Cato Institute, noted that the USA sees the sanctions "as a tool to pressure Iran to come back to the negotiating table to rehash the nuclear deal on terms more to Trump's liking".

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The impact of the return of sanctions has ramped up tensions inside Iran, which has seen days of protests and strikes in multiple towns and cities over water shortages, high prices and wider anger at the political system.

President Trump reimposed sanctions targeting Iranian purchases of U.S. dollars, metals trading, coal, industrial software and its auto sector.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani says he's willing to talk to the U.S.

He said Tehran has always believed in resolving disputes diplomatically.

He dismissed the proposal for talks as a stunt to sow chaos in Iran and confuse American voters at home ahead of mid-term elections in November. "Our stated policy is not to bring about regime change but to change behavior of the regime", said one of the officials.

European countries fear that by abandoning the deal, Washington risks undermining Rouhani and strengthening the hand of his more hardline opponents, who have long argued that the West would never allow Iran to prosper.

In his statement, Trump said the United States "is fully committed to enforcing all of our sanctions, and we will work closely with nations conducting business with Iran to ensure complete compliance".

The administration had previously signalled that countries that don't eliminate their imports of Iranian oil need to show "significant" reductions in those purchases to qualify for temporary waivers.

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