On Thursday, the US treasury department blacklisted 18 major Iranian banks in the latest assault as part of its so-called maximum pressure campaign against the country
US secretary of state Mike Pompeo announced the end of exemptions provided under the 2015 Iran nuclear deal to some foreign companies to work on certain Iranian nuclear sites. The waiver was renewed every 60 days despite the unilateral US withdrawal from the deal in 2018
Iran had requested a USD 5 billion emergency loan from the IMF last month to help its fight against the coronavirus pandemic. The US claims the money will be used to fund terrorism in the region
They may prevent Trump to take any unilateral action against Iran before the elections.
The event brought together 800 people and defined an agenda of mobilization for 2020
Iranian foreign minister Javad Zarif said that Germany, France and the UK, which are signatories to the deal, had failed to provide necessary safeguards to Iran against the illegal sanctions imposed by the US
The Iranian government admitted on Friday that the plane was accidentally shot down a few hours after its attacks on bases housing US soldiers in Iraq on January 3
Besides being of some symbolic and political significance, the resolution does not have any legal value and is non-binding
Newsclick’s Prabir Purkayastha talks about the impact of the Iranian strike on US bases in Iraq and the possibilities of the US response.
Iranian supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei has called the move a “slap in the face for US” and has demanded the end of US presence in the region
The attack on US airbase Ain al-Assad is seen as the first retaliatory measure after the assassination of Qassem Soleimani on Friday January 3 by the US
The Trump administration is pursuing catastrophe to protect U.S. dominance.