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Protesters in Iran attack seminary, break windows

Protesters in Iran attack seminary, break windows

European countries, along with Russian Federation and China, remain committed to the nuclear deal, but European companies are unlikely to risk US sanctions to do business with Iran.

She added that while China may not cut Iranian oil imports, it did not indicate that it will increase imports either, raising the question of whether or not there will be 1 million barrels per day of Iranian oil take off the market by the end of this year and whether OPEC can make up for the shortfall.

The three European signatories to the nuclear deal, the United Kingdom, France and Germany agreed with China and Russian Federation last month to continue to support Iran through the reimposition of U.S. sanctions.

With tensions high ahead of the return of U.S. sanctions on Tuesday, the government of President Hassan Rouhani also faces opposition from conservatives and religious leaders, who have long disliked his outreach to the West and accuse him of governing only for the rich.

In a statement, Captain Bill Urban, the military's Central Command spokesman, said the U.S. was "aware of an increase" in Iranian naval operations in the Gulf, the Strait of Hormuz and the Gulf of Oman.

Purchases from Iran could slow from August as imports from Tehran are getting tougher after the United States in May pulled out of a 2015 nuclear deal and announced the renewal of sanctions against Tehran. The Iranian rial has fallen to 99,000 to the US dollar despite a government-imposed rate of 44,000. Hormuz is the place they can transfer that pain to the rest of the world.

Fars reported authorities arrested 20 protesters and numerous protest leaders were women.

The Trump administration wants Iranian oil exports cut to zero by November 4.

Hardship is coming to Iran.

China is Iran's top oil importer.

Iran's navy and its paramilitary Revolutionary Guard routinely conduct seaborne exercises in the Gulf and the strait.

The exercise was held with aim of "controlling and maintaining the security of the worldwide waterway of the Persian Gulf and the Strait of Hormuz, and to proportionately counter any threats by the enemy", semiofficial Tasnim news agency reported. The US Energy Information Administration calls it "the world's most important oil transit chokepoint", with 20% of oil traded worldwide moving through the waterway, which is about 30 miles wide at its narrowest point. He said the exercise, which he described as an annual drill, was aimed at maintaining the security of the worldwide waterway.


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