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India may ignore USA demand to halt Iran oil imports

28 June 2018

Police clashed with rioters and later fired tear gas at the demonstrators who were headed towards the parliament building.

A video posted to social media show protesters chanted "Death to Rouhani", the country's president, and "No to Gaza, No to Lebanon" in reference to Iran's support of proxy groups in the region. "We have enough foreign currency to inject into the market", said Rouhani, Reuters reported.

Trump's determination to deprive Iran of funding raises the stakes for Rouhani, who has attempted to appease anger over his government's handling of the economy. It was the first such confrontation since similar demonstrations rocked the country at the start of the year.

The official said countries would be subject to sanctions if oil imports from Iran are not cut to zero.

As the protest began, Iranians called out to shopkeepers who wouldn't close, "Coward!"

The removal of Iranian oil exports from the global market by November, as the US has asked from its allies, is impossible, an oil official in Iran told the semi-official news agency Tasnim on Wednesday.

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The new hard-line USA policy may deal a significant blow to the growing government and business ties between Tokyo and Tehran, something that Japan has been working hard to build since the lifting of economic sanctions in 2016 against Iran.

Given the huge energy needs, India and China are major importers of Iranian oil.

The prosecutor general said the detainees would remain in custody until trial. He did not elaborate on the number of people detained.

Parliament Speaker Ali Larijani, speaking at the same event as Rouhani, appeared to directly criticize his administration.

CBS News State Department reporter Kylie Atwood reports that this marks a revival of protests seen in December and January.

Iranians across the country have been protesting the nation's crumbling economy and government leadership for months. The protests in late December and early January saw at least 25 people killed and almost 5,000 arrested.

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The planning to reimpose economic penalties on Iran following President Trump's decision last month to withdraw the U.S. from the Iran nuclear deal.

External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj and defence minister Nirmala Sitharaman would be in the U.S. next week for talks with their American counterparts secretary of state Mike Pompeo and defence secretary James Mattis.

Earlier this week, the U.S.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters at a news conference Wednesday that the government would "work with the related countries, including the USA, to avoid causing adverse effects to Japanese businesses".

Iran also has suggested it could immediately ramp up its production of uranium in response to the US pullout, potentially escalating the very situation the nuclear deal sought to avoid - having an Iran with a stockpile of highly enriched uranium that it could use to build atomic bombs.

The Trump administration is moving to dismantle the sanctions relief that was granted to Iran under the 2015 nuclear deal from which President Donald Trump has withdrawn.

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India may ignore USA demand to halt Iran oil imports