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US will squeeze Iran with sanctions ‘until the pips squeak’ – Bolton

US National Security Advisor John Bolton has threatened to “squeeze” Iran’s economy “until the pips squeak,” just one week after Washington imposed a new round of crippling sanctions billed as the “toughest ever.” Speaking ahead of the ASEAN-US summit in Singapore, Bolton said that the Iranian government is already under “real pressure” and that the US would “significantly increase” the ...

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US has 'gone rogue' — Economist tells RT about SWIFT’s Iran cutoff

In pushing the SWIFT financial messaging system to exclude Iran, the US has “gone rogue,” economist Steve Keen told RT. SWIFT cut a raft of Iranian banks – including the country’s central bank – off from its system on Monday, having come under pressure from the US to do so. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said that the move is “the ...

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Iran says navy prepared to protect oil tankers from ‘any threats’ as US sanctions kick in

Following US warnings dissuading port operators from allowing Iranian tankers to dock, Iran’s top brass pushed back by reiterating that its navy is ready to protect ships against any threats. Iran’s military is “prepared today as in the past” to protect against “any threats,” and to ensure the safe passage of Iranian oil tankers, Rear-Admiral Mahmoud Mousavi, a deputy commander ...

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Find Khashoggi’s killer or you’ll be helping Iran, Boris Johnson tells Saudis

Former UK foreign secretary Boris Johnson has put forth an intriguing argument for finding the killers of Washington Post columnist Jamal Khashoggi: not doing so will help Iran! Oh, and maybe the war on Yemen is bad, also. Khashoggi, a self-exiled critic of the current Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, was last seen entering the Saudi consulate in Istanbul, Turkey ...

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Iran leaders will have to fall in line if 'they want their people to eat,' Pompeo says

US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told a BBC journalist that Iranian “leadership has to make a decision that they want their people to eat,” dropping all pretense of caring about Iranians as he touted the latest harsh sanctions. The BBC Persian reporter, Hadi Nili, attempts to ask Pompeo what will happen if the sanctions do not have their desired effect, ...

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‘Forty years of American hostility’: Iran releases video responding to new US sanctions

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif chastised the US for causing “catastrophes and crises” in the Middle East and vowed that Tehran’s allies will stand with it against US sanctions, in a rare video response to US policies. In the three-minute long video posted to YouTube on Tuesday, Zarif calls sanctions reimposed by the Trump administration on Monday “unlawful” and “fundamentally ...

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Amid Saudi-led bombing, Pompeo pins responsibility for starvation in Yemen… on Iran

Saudi Arabia may be maintaining a blockade of Yemen and facing repeated accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilian sites, but US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says starvation in the country is Iran’s fault. Yemen has been in turmoil for years and the Saudi-led coalition was involved over three years ago. The alliance sent its troops and warplanes to put ...

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US religious leader almost calls America 'Great Satan' on Iran visit

Nation of Islam leader Louis Farrakhan told Iranians ‘victory will be yours,’ calling on them to persevere despite unprecedented sanctions from the country their leaders have called the Great Satan. Farrakhan stopped just short of calling America the Great Satan himself when he spoke at Tehran University. “Is it not true that you have called America the Great Satan? Well, ...

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Focus on air defense: Iran flexes military muscle as US reimposes sanctions (VIDEO)

Iran has showed off its latest air defense systems in a massive drill, the same day the US has formally reinstated a large batch of sanctions targeting hundreds of people and companies. Read more Iranian troops honed their air-defense skills at the same time as officials in Washington gave speeches on how they aimed to reduce Tehran’s oil revenues to ...

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The blacklist: Targets of new US sanctions against Iran

The US has re-imposed all of the sanctions against Iran that had been suspended under the 2015 nuclear deal. From airlines to oil firms, the list of companies and people targeted is exhaustive. The sanctions, applied on Monday, reimpose financial penalties lifted under the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), which promised Iran some sanctions relief in exchange for ...

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