Iran acquires commercial aircraft ahead of U.S. sanctions

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It's far short of the new fleet of airliners Iran initially sought, but the best they can do with the U.S. blocking Boeing and Airbus from fulfilling contracts. "Because of some internal problems that Saudi Arabia is facing and certain foreign issues, Mr. Trump's election (as the U.S. president) and the relations he has established with Saudi Arabia, and Trump's analyses of Iran, they (Saudis) are somehow under the illusion that they may win more concessions from Iran through patience".

Videos on social media in recent days have shown people marching in the streets of several cities, chanting "Death to the dictator" and other radical slogans.

Ali Najafi Khoshroudi, the spokesman of Iranian parliament's National Security and Foreign Policy Committee, said on Saturday that Iran-U.S. talks are possible if Washington apologizes and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.

Iran Air said on Saturday it was set to take delivery of five new planes from Franco-Italian firm ATR just before the renewed U.S. sanctions go into effect.

Protests broke out on Sunday for a sixth night in Iranian cities, including Kazeroon in the south. "Perhaps that will be the path the Iranians choose to go down".

USA sanctions had been eased by the Obama administration under the terms of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

He also wrote that it is up to the Iranians whether he meets its leaders.

In July, Iran opened a secondary foreign-exchange market for importers of non-essential goods that are not eligible to receive the preferential rate from the central bank.

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The United States has told other countries they must halt imports of Iranian oil starting in early November or face USA financial measures.

President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the landmark agreement, signed by the United States and five other world powers, remains one of the most consequential foreign policy decisions of his presidency.

The new ATR-72600 planes are part of a deal for 20 new aircraft that Iran Air agreed to buy in April 2017, of which eight have so far been delivered. "That's the behavioral change that we're looking for from the Iranian regime".

According to S&P Global Platts, Iranian oil production is already under pressure because of approaching sanctions.

Iran says the sanctions are endangering lives by blocking the sale of new planes and spare parts for its ageing fleets.

United Nations inspectors said Iran was complying with the deal, but Trump argued that it didn't do enough to curb Iran's malign activity in the region.

"We are already seeing auto prices going through the roof over fears about raw material imports", she said. The first round of financial sanctions should return Monday.

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