Iran Guards says it held Gulf drills as U.S. tensions rise

IRGC confirms naval drill in Persian Gulf waters

IRGC confirms naval drill in Persian Gulf waters

Iran's semi-official Fars news agency reports that a man taking part in a protest in the northern province of Alborz was fatally shot. Demonstrators in the capital chanted "death to the dictator", and there have also been rallies in Shiraz, Isfahan and the holy city of Qom.

Last month, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei backed President Hassan Rouhani's suggestion that Iran may block Gulf oil exports if its own exports are stopped.

"Most have two passports and their families are overseas".

India's imports from Iran could start to slow from August as some big Indian refiners worry that their access to the US financial system could be cut off if they continue to import Iranian oil, prompting them to reduce oil purchases from Tehran.

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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.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpPastor at Trump rally prays to shield Trump from "jungle journalism" Bill Russell: Being criticized by Trump is the "biggest compliment you can get" Salmon farmers in California fear Trump will destroy their industry MORE pulled the USA out of the Obama-era nuclear deal, which offered sanctions relief in exchange for Tehran reining in its nuclear program.

The first round of USA sanctions on Iran goes into effect on August 6, followed by ones targeting Iran's oil exports on November 4.

Following Trump's decision to quit the historic Iran nuclear pact on May 8, the United States vowed to reimpose sanctions lifted under the accord against Iran and inflict punishments like secondary sanctions on nations that have business links with Iran.

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Their arrival means Iran Air has received 13 of the 20 it ordered from the French-Italian manufacturer in April 2017.

An order made by the United States to reduce oil imports from Iran has been rejected by China, reports say.

It is not yet clear how all this will affect Iranian citizens, but a western diplomat in Tehran who monitors the economy said prices of basic foods were already creeping up.

Increased US hostility has also driven a run on Iran's currency, which has lost around two-thirds of its value in six months.

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"There is a massive loss of confidence in the financial system and the government's ability to control things and withstand sanctions", she said.

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