- 22 Aug
By Mahmoud Hakamian
Since it became clear that US sanctions on the Islamic Republic would be returning as a result of President Donald Trump’s withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran has been steadily been stepping up its threatening and belligerent statements and actions as part of an effort to project strength in the face of rising pressure both at home and abroad. On July 31, new domestic protests emerged as further expressions of the Iranian people’s economic discontent, just days before the first of two packages of sanctions went back into effect. The second package, targeting Iran’s oil exports and banking sector, is set to be implemented at the beginning of November.