Rouhani says Iran will not yield to pressure from Trump

Rouhani says Iran will not yield to pressure from Trump

Rouhani says Iran will not yield to pressure from Trump

President Hassan Rouhani addressed the protests on state television Monday night, telling the Iranian people that the United States is to blame for the country's economic difficulties.

"Even in the worst case, I promise that the basic needs of Iranians will be provided".

The Indian government is reportedly moving closer to a scheme to make some oil payments to Iran in rupees in a bid meant to avoid U.S. economic sanctions.

Rouhani told Iranians the government can withstand a new round of U.S. sanctions following President Trump's decision to withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

"Withdrawal was the worst decision he [Trump] could make".

Milani said that Rouhani faces pressure not just from the angered public, but radical conservatives such as the leaders of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps.

"The U.S. can not defeat our nation, our enemies are not able to get us to their knees", he said. "But to Palestine", to which he added, "Hamas and Hezbollah and Palestinian Jihad can kiss their Iranian funding goodbye if the regime falls". Since the start of the Syrian civil war in 2011, Tehran has poured a reported $6 billion into propping up president Bashar Assad's government. Back in May, Tehran implemented harsh economic policies, banning all currency trade outside the banking system, promising to punish any Iranian caught with more than 10,000 euros, and shutting down currency exchange outlets.

Iranians chanting "Death to Israel" and "Death to America" are a common occurance.

While online videos showed demonstrators again confronting police on Tehran's streets and alleyways, the protests looked far smaller than those on Monday, when security forces fired tear gas on crowds in front of parliament.

Protests at Tehran's Grand Bazaar have entered their second day on Tuesday with traders chanting against the rising prices and the collapse of the Iranian rial on foreign exchange. Protesters there forced storekeepers to close down their shops.

At the end of previous year, similar economic protests roiled Iran and spread to some 75 cities and towns, becoming the largest demonstrations in the country since its 2009 disputed presidential election. At least 25 people died in the ensuing unrest, the biggest expression of public discontent in nearly a decade.

However, those protests largely struck Iran's provinces as opposed to Tehran itself.

The United States warned countries that they must stop buying Iranian oil before November 4 or face a renewed round of American sanctions.

"This protest in Iran is significant", said Dr. Mike Ansari, head of Mohabat TV.

"Witnesses posted videos on social media showing the harsh police action against the demonstrators, as well as protesters setting police motorcycles on fire", Iran Wire reported, noting that "traditional Tehran bazaars have always been considered a bastion of support for the Islamic Republic and its authorities".

Rouhani's government has struggled with the economic problems, including high unemployment. The currency was at 42,890 to a dollar at the end of 2017.

The Central Bank of Iran reportedly announced that it will create a secondary currency market to relieve pressure on the country's currency.

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