Since last month, when U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of the nuclear deal which lifted most sanctions in 2015, the rial currency has dropped up to 40 percent in value, prompting protests by bazaar traders usually loyal to the Islamist rulers.
Speaking after three days of those protests, supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said the U.S. sanctions were aimed at turning Iranians against their government.
Other protesters clashed with police late on Saturday during a demonstration against shortages of drinking water.
“They bring to bear economic pressure to separate the nation from the system … but six U.S. presidents before him (Trump) tried this and had to give up,” Khamenei said on his website Khamenei.ir.
With the return of U.S. sanctions likely to make it increasingly difficult to access the global financial system, President Hassan Rohani has met the head of parliament and the judiciary to discuss counter-measures.
“Various scenarios of threats to the Iranian economy by the U.S. government were examined and appropriate measures were taken to prepare for any probable U.S. sanctions, and to prevent their negative impact,” IRNA said.
One such measure was seeking self-sufficiency in gasoline production, the report added.
The government and parliament have also set up a committee to study potential buyers of oil and ways of repatriating the income after U.S. sanctions take effect, Fereydoun Hassanvand, head of the parliament’s energy committee, was quoted as saying by IRNA.
“Due to the possibility of U.S. sanctions against Iran, the committee will study the competence of buyers and how to obtain proceeds from the sale of oil, safe sale alternatives which are consistent with international law and do not lead to corruption and profiteering,” Hassanvand said.
Iran Briefing | News Press Focus on Human Rights Violation by IRGC, Iran Human Rights
Sep 17, 2018 Comments Off on Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change
Sep 13, 2018 Comments Off on Canadian MPs call on Ottawa to stand with Kurds after Iran missile attack
Sep 11, 2018 Comments Off on U.N. Presses Iran to Free Princeton Scholar
Aug 30, 2018 Comments Off on HUMAN RIGHTS GROUPS SLAM IRAN FOR PRISON TERMS OF CHRISTIANS AND DERVISHES
Sep 18, 2018 Comments Off on Activists Arrested After Mass Strike in Iran’s Kurdistan Province Against “Revenge” Executions
Sep 12, 2018 Comments Off on From Evin Prison, Attorney Nasrin Sotoudeh Condemns Iran’s Execution of Three Kurdish Prisoners
Sep 10, 2018 Comments Off on Iran theater duo arrested for Shakespeare clip with mixed-gender dancing
Sep 06, 2018 Comments Off on Iran’s secret weapons-smuggling air routes to Lebanon revealed by intel sources
Sep 17, 2018 Comments Off on Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime changeTrump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change Trump must start helping Iran’s minorities achieve regime change The United States’ re-imposition of sanctions on Iran prompted the Iranians to...
Sep 13, 2018 Comments Off on Canadian MPs call on Ottawa to stand with Kurds after Iran missile attackCanadian MPs call on Ottawa to stand with Kurds after Iran missile attack Canadian MPs call on Ottawa to stand with Kurds after Iran missile attack Canada should always stand with its partners when they are under attack...
Jul 14, 2016 Comments Off on Corps’ one hundred thousand of triggered missiles in Lebanon:An official Israel-threatening by CorpsIran Briefing: Since August 7, 1979, when Ayatollah Khomeini declared the last Friday of Ramadhan as “Quds Day”, the Islamic Republic has always tried to hold an imposing ceremony by using state resources as well as requiring people’s involvement. This year’s Quds march had fundamental...