If the new Iranian cryptocurrency manages to gain support from Iran's would-be trading partners, we could see Tehran gain a powerful new asset in its fight to fend off the politicized economic war being waged by the Trump administration on the people and government of the Iranian nation. Today protesters in Shiraz were attacked with tear gas by security forces during strikes, Express reported. As such, with hefty U.S. sanctions on the Iranian oil and financial markets looming in November, time is running out for the European Union and Iran to save the pact.
On July 31, IRGC chief Mohammad Ali Jafari had dismissed U.S. President Donald Trump's tentative offer of talks with Tehran, saying Iran was not like North Korea.
Trump's policies are already putting significant pressure on the Iranian economy, although USA intelligence suggests they may ultimately rally Iranians against the United States and strengthen Iran's hardline rulers, officials say.
Earlier, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo launched his own rhetorical assault on Iran's leaders, promising unspecified backing for Iranians unhappy with their government.
The sanctions, which will target Iran's central bank and make it hard for the country to conduct global business, including the exportation of oil and minerals, were lifted when Tehran signed the worldwide nuclear deal in 2015 and agreed to dismantle most of its nuclear production facilities.
Trump said this week he is willing to meet with Iran's leadership, without preconditions, "whenever they want" - a sharp departure from his threats against the regime last week.
US officials last week said Iran carried out a similar exercise, though Tehran did not immediately acknowledge it.
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That came only a few days after a bellicose exchange between the two presidents, with Rouhani warning of the "mother of all wars" and Trump responding with a Twitter tirade against Iran's "DEMENTED WORDS OF VIOLENCE".
Other Iranian media outlets and officials made no comments about the protests.
The administration has said a second batch of sanctions will be revived in November.
The protests have often begun with slogans against the high cost of living and alleged financial corruption but quickly turned into anti-government rallies. The videos could not be authenticated.
Fars also reported Saturday that a man taking part in a protest in the northern province of Alborz was fatally shot on Friday. There were no additional details.
On Wednesday, U.S. officials told reporters the naval fleet of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) is planning to use 100 gunboats in the Persian Gulf to practice "swarm" tactics, an exercise that is usually reserved for the fall.