Ira­ni­ans brace as US reim­poses harsh sanc­tions

The Guardian Weekly - - Global report -

Ira­ni­ans are brac­ing for the full force of US sanc­tions due to hit this week as the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion reim­poses an em­bargo on oil, the most strin­gent set of puni­tive mea­sures since Wash­ing­ton with­drew from the 2015 nu­clear deal, known as Joint Com­pre­hen­sive Plan of Ac­tion.

The new sanc­tions, which also aim to cut off Iran’s bank­ing sec­tor from the global mar­ket, are timed to co­in­cide with the an­niver­sary of the 1979 storm­ing by Ira­nian revo­lu­tion­ar­ies of the US em­bassy in Tehran, when an­gry stu­dents took 52 Amer­i­can diplo­mats hostage for 444 days.

Iran has re­mained de­fi­ant, say­ing it is con­fi­dent it can weather the im­pacts, and that the US will fail to bring down Ira­nian oil im­ports to zero. But or­di­nary peo­ple, wary of the fluc­tu­a­tions of the cur­rency and the ris­ing prices of goods, are anx­ious.

Last Sun­day, a state-or­gan­ised rally took place in front of the for­mer US em­bassy in cen­tral Tehran to mark the an­niver­sary. The crowd held plac­ards read­ing “Down with USA” and “Down with Is­rael”.

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