Iran receives more airplanes ahead of renewed U.S. sanctions

Iran receives more airplanes ahead of renewed U.S. sanctions

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

"At 9 pm (1530 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.

Iranian Minister of Roads and Urban Development Abbas Akhoundi said the Islamic Republic needs to increase its cooperation with China, Russia, the EU, India, Turkey and its regional neighbors in order to be able to counter the looming United States sanctions. "The judiciary should find these people and arrest them", the cleric says, to chants of "Allahu Akbar" from the crowd.

The deal was thrown into doubt by the US decision to withdraw from a 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and major powers and reimpose sanctions, part of which are due to resume from Tuesday.

Sporadic protests broke out in several cities in Iran for a fifth night on Saturday, a day after demonstrators attacked a seminary, according to Iranian news agencies and social media, as Iranians brace for a return of United States sanctions.

This time a year ago, Indian refiners had slashed imports from Iran in a possible retaliation for Tehran not awarding the development of a gas field in Iran to Indian firms.

Venezuela says explosions were an attack on President Maduro
But Maduro himself said: "I have no doubt that the name (Colombian President) Juan Manuel Santos is behind this attack". Earlier, various reports by global media outlets had indicated that this was an assassination attempt on Maduro.

Later in the year, on November 4, all countries must stop importing Iranian oil or they, themselves, will face financial punishment from Washington.

As part of the withdrawal, the USA will on Monday begin to sanction Iranian transactions with US dollar banknotes; trade in gold and precious metals; direct or indirect sales of graphite, raw or semi-finished metals; and Iran's automotive sector.

Although smaller foreign firms have vowed to work around the USA measures, multinationals such as France's Total and Peugeot, and Germany's Siemens have already said they will have to pull out.

In Washington, the US State Department tweeted on its Persian-language account: "While it is ultimately up to the #people_of_Iran to determine their country's path, #America supports the voice of the Iranian people, which has been ignored for a long time".

An informed diplomatic source told IRNA on Sunday that Saudi Arabia had agreed to grant a visa to a diplomat introduced as the caretaker of Iran's interests section.

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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