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The Iranian president said that the country will undercut Washington's plan for sanctions on its energy and banking sectors.

The bill was meant to pave the way for Iran to accede to the United Nations' Terrorism Financing Convention, thus removing a major point of U.S. criticism and giving European allies more leeway to develop a financial mechanism aimed at contravening the sanctions.

He added that Iran must meet 12 demands in order to see the sanctions lifted, including ending its support of its terror proxies in Syria and stopping its nuclear and ballistic missile development.

Iranian state media said millions turned out in towns and cities, swearing allegiance to the Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, although the BBC was unable to independently verify this figure.

His decision was widely criticized overseas and by Democrats at home, who said that while imperfect, the pact had placed the Iranian nuclear program under the tightest scrutiny ever.

On Monday, the second round of United States sanctions targeting Iran's energy sector, shipping, ship-building and financial industries enters into force.

However, Iran's clerical rulers have dismissed concerns about the impact of sanctions on the economy.

Meanwhile, Iranian president, Hassan Rouhani, has responded robustly, saying: "There is no doubt that the United States will not achieve success with this new plot against Iran as they are retreating step by step".

Oil prices fell on Monday as the start to US sanctions against Iran's fuel exports was softened by waivers that will allow major buyers to still import Iranian crude, at least temporarily.

"This is an economic war against Iran but".

As part of the strategy to reduce dependence on Iran oil, state-owned oil companies like International Olympic Committee plan to use optional volumes built in their annual crude oil purchase contracts with suppliers like Saudi Arabia and Iraq - also to make up for any shortfall in supplies. "The whole world understands these sanctions are real", he said during an interview of CBS's Face the Nation. We are confronting a bullying enemy. "The objective of this secretive communication is to give the impression of Iran's willingness to compromise and thus prevent the further deterioration of the relationship with the U.S. lest the Iran hawks in Washington push for military action".

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Before travelling to a campaign rally for the USA midterm elections, President Trump said Iran was already struggling under his administration's policies. The other parties to the deal - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - say they will not leave.

The sanctions end all the economic benefits America granted Tehran for its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, though Iran for now continues to abide by the accord that saw it limit its enrichment of uranium.

But US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo vowed to push Iran's oil sales to zero.

"Under the current circumstances, we hope all parties can bear in mind the larger picture and fulfil their duties and choose to stand on the right side of history", Hua said, adding that China will continue to "uphold the objective and responsible attitude to uphold the agreement".

Crude oil markets topped out with WTI reaching 75.00 per barrel only a month ago, but a crushing wave of crude production is threatening global oil markets' two-year bullish extension. "Iran is a much different country since I terminated that deal". As long as Iran met its obligations under the deal, Britain would be committed to it too.

The State Department said on Friday it has closed the "Obama-era condensate loophole", which allowed countries to continue importing the byproducts of oil and natural gas from Iran even while sanctions were in place.

Hua says: "We regret this decision by the U.S".

More than 700 individuals, entities, vessels and aircraft were now on the sanctions list, including major banks, oil exporters and shipping companies. But Brent crude was steady at $72.83 by 1230 GMT.

During the previous round of sanctions, they were expected to cut imports by about 20 per cent during each 180-day review period to get another exemption.

The ghost of USA sanctions on Iran seems to have calmed down at least for major energy importing countries like India.

The curbs come as the United States is focused on US congressional and gubernatorial elections on Tuesday.

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