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Published: Mon, August 06, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Multiple protests in Iran over currency drop, economic woes

Multiple protests in Iran over currency drop, economic woes

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.

"Everything screeched to a halt when Trump made the announcement", says one Iranian importer.

The president also issued an all-caps threat to Iranian President Hassan Rouhani last month, warning him not to threaten the USA or "YOU WILL SUFFER CONSEQUENCES THE LIKES OF WHICH FEW THROUGHOUT HISTORY HAVE EVER SUFFERED BEFORE".

Scattered protests broke out in several Iranian cities on Thursday over the dramatic drop of the country's currency and other economic problems ahead of the imposition of renewed American sanctions, Iran's state-run IRNA news agency reported. "If anybody's inciting anything, look no further than to Iran", press secretary Sarah Sanders said and added that President Trump has been "very clear about what he's not going to allow to take place".

And John Bolton, the president's national security adviser, is a well-known Iran hawk who has advocated for regime change.

Rouhani and his foreign policy team will be in NY in September for the UN General Assembly; both he and Trump will deliver speeches on the same day, Sept. 25. While insisting that "Iran will not have the money to do both", Pompeo blamed the money that the Iranian government received after sanctions ended (during the final year of Barack Obama's presidency) as a "newfound treasure" that it used to sponsor those groups. "Perhaps that will be the path the Iranians choose to go down".

Trump has proven very generous to United States adversaries if they meet in the context of summits, but Iran would have to swallow its pride and some humble pie too if it were to kiss the ring.

MP Khoshroudi said the US, by offering to hold talks with Iran, is seeking to make up for its lost credit.

Hundreds rallied in cities including Tehran, Karaj, Shiraz, and Qom, according to videos posted on social media, to protest against high inflation, caused in part by a collapse in the rial currency over fears of the reimposition of crippling sanctions.

Footage posted online showed dozens of marchers in central Tehran chanting, "Death to the dictator", referring to supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

Two days after the demonstrations in Tehran and Arak, Tehran Prosecutor-General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said, "A large number of people who participated in protests in Tehran's Grand Bazaar on Monday have been arrested and will likely face trial". Authorities said by early evening, all protesters had dispersed.

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