FILE - A gas flare on an oil production platform in the Soroush oil fields is seen alongside an Iranian flag in the Persian Gulf, Iran, July 25, 2005.
Iran called on Saturday for European assurances of support in the face of Washington's intent to reimpose sanctions on vital Iranian oil sales to force Tehran to curb its nuclear, missile and regional activities. The EU is creating a special mechanism that would circumvent US financial sanctions on Iran.
Donald Trump, since breaking that deal in May, has vowed to cut off Iranian oil revenue completely, and oil exporters and tankers will be among 700 companies, individuals, vessels and aircraft that will be added to a United States sanctions blacklist on Monday.
Smashing another remnant of Barack Obama's reign and throwing some red meat at red states at the same time, the administration was quick to get out the word that "President Donald J. Trump is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran, targeting numerous corrupt regime's critical sectors".
"But many Iranians that we spoke to said that this deadline is meaningless and that foreign investment has already been scared off.and that any economic damage has already been done".
Under the 2015 deal, most of the global financial and economic sanctions on Iran were lifted in return for Tehran curbing its disputed nuclear activity under United Nations surveillance.
With the sanctions clampdown, Trump is seeking to push Iran to end uranium enrichment outright, and halt its ballistic missile development and support for proxy forces in Yemen, Syria, Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.
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Iran's First Vice President Es'haq Jahangiri was quoted by media as saying that the government of President Hassan Rouhani had already devised mechanisms to counter the impacts of returning U.S. sanctions against the country's oil exports. "The US has given waiver to some countries including India", Pradhan told reporters on the sidelines of an agreement signing event between CSC e-Governance Services and oil marketing companies - BPCL, India Oil and HPCL.
"I've been involved in scores of conversations about stopping illegal immigration from Mexico and never once has there been a discussion of the political impact in US domestic politics", Pompeo said.
India's Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan on November 3 said India and other leading oil buyers would benefit from the USA waiver they have been granted.
General Qassem Soleimani, commander of the elite Iranian Revolutionary Guards' Quds Force that oversees its operations overseas, responded to Trump's Game of Thrones-inspired tweet on Friday that warned, "Sanctions are Coming".
The crowd chanted "Down with US" and "Death to Israel" during the rally in the Iranian capital on Sunday, and state TV said similar demonstrations were held in other cities and towns. "We have the knowledge and the capability to manage the country's economic affairs", Iran's Foreign Ministry spokesman, Bahram Qasemi, told state television.
Pompeo, meanwhile, expressed confidence that the United States is placing maximum pressure on Iran's government largely by targeting the energy industry.
Pompeo said Washington will issue temporary waivers to the eight Iran oil importers "only because they have demonstrated significant reductions in their crude oil and cooperation on many other fronts". The Trump administration has demanded at least two cut imports to zero "within weeks" and that the others reduce at a faster rate than before.
The waivers will be valid for six months, during which time the importing country can buy Iranian oil but must deposit Iran's revenue in an escrow account.