Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
World News | By Laverne Osborne

NBC News Reporters Want Donald Trump Banned from Twitter After Threatening Iran

NBC News Reporters Want Donald Trump Banned from Twitter After Threatening Iran

Ali Motahari, the deputy speaker of Iran's parliament who is seen as part of Iran's moderate camp, said that to negotiate with Trump now "would be a humiliation". The price of gold and foreign currency has rocketed in the past couple of weeks, with fears of harsh economic consequences and the possibility of a confrontation between Iran and the United States.

We will remind, on may 8, U.S. President Donald trump said that the USA withdraws from agreement on Iran's nuclear program.

Trump's predecessor, Obama, held the most recent high-level talks with Iran when he spoke with Rouhani on the phone in 2013.

Starting this week, Washington will reimpose sanctions on Iran's purchases of USA dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals, and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software.

On Monday, the White House said the president's tweet shows he is not going to tolerate critical rhetoric from Iran and insisted the US leader isn't escalating tensions between the two countries.

Iran has reacted negatively to US President Donald Trump's offer of bilateral negotiations, with the head of the Revolutionary Guards dismissing the idea outright, writes Nassir Shirkhani.

But many US allies believe that language is code for regime change.

Iranian protesters attack Islamic school as sanctions loom
The US administration has vowed to impose sanctions on any company continuing to buy oil from Iran after the November 4 deadline. Increased US hostility has also driven a run on Iran's currency, which has lost around two-thirds of its value in six months.

Speaking at a White House news conference on July 30, Trump had said, "I would certainly meet with Iran if they wanted to meet".

Trump's offer for dialogue came after Pompeo seemed to suggest support for a change in Iran leadership, telling an audience of Iranian expats in California that the regime had been a "nightmare". "That's the behavioral change that we're looking for from the Iranian regime".

Protests broke out on Sunday for a sixth night in Iranian cities, including Kazeroon in the south, according to social media. Authorities reported the first fatality among protesters, with the shooting of a man in Karaj, west of Tehran.

The protests have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living and alleged financial corruption but quickly turned into anti-government rallies.

Starting this week, Washington will re-impose sanctions on Iran's purchases of USA dollars, its trade in gold and precious metals, and its dealings with metals, coal and industrial-related software. "They've got to behave like a normal country".

Since the May announcement, administration officials have left the door open to sanctions waivers, but have been working to convince businesses to cut ties with Iran and have warned they won't hesitate to sanction even those in allied countries.

"We're happy to talk if there is an arrangement that is appropriate, that can lead to a good outcome", Pompeo said.

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