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US reimposes sanctions against Iran
On the eve of the restoration of US sanctions in Iran, marked the anniversary of the seizure of the US embassy
The Trump administration has announced the restoration of sanctions against Iran’s shipping, financial and energy sectors. This is the second series of renewable restrictive measures against Tehran.
Iran is currently experiencing an economic crisis. The exchange rate of the national currency fell to 145 thousand rials per dollar – while a year ago it was 40.5 thousand rials per dollar. The economic chaos led to massive anti-government protests late last year. Almost 5,000 people were reportedly arrested and at least 25 killed as a result of the protests..
The United States claims that the aim of the sanctions is not to overthrow the government, but to radically change the policy of the Iranian authorities, including support for regional militant groups and the development of long-range ballistic missiles. However, Trump’s personal lawyer Rudy Giuliani and White House national security adviser John Bolton, in their public statements, have supported the ouster of Iran’s theocratic government..
Trump has decided to reinstate sanctions ahead of a tough midterm election that could alter the balance of power in Congress. He posted on Twitter a photo of himself with the caption “Sanctions is Close”, made in the style of the TV series “Game of Thrones” by HBO.
Hardliners in Iran retaliated by posting a similar photo of Quds Force commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps Qasem Soleimani. The caption under the photo reads “I will stand against you.”.
Hours before sanctions were restored, thousands of Iranians marched to mark the 39th anniversary of the seizure of the U.S. embassy in Tehran and the hostage crisis.
“Today the Iranian nation will show that Trump is too small to bring Iran to its knees,” said the speaker of the Iranian parliament Ali Larjani.
“The sanctions have always existed, and we are used to them,” said Torabi, a demonstrator. “The more anger they throw at us, the more resilient we become.”.
The protests were dedicated to the next anniversary of the events of November 4, 1979, when participants in student demonstrations climbed over the fence of the American embassy, outraged by the decision of US President Jimmy Carter to allow Shah Mohammed Reza Pahlavi to enter the country for cancer treatment. Students occupied the entire complex of the embassy. Several officers fled and took refuge in the home of the Canadian ambassador to Iran. They later left the country thanks to a CIA operation.