Nulling sanctions exemptions for some major economies including Turkey and China, the US is moving against Tehran at full throttle, sparking angry responses from Beijing and Ankara.
Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif warned the United States over Trump's administration decision to impose sanctions on countries that are Iran's biggest oil buyers.
If history is anything to go by then Saudi Arabia's executions of thirty-seven Saudis, most believed to be Shia, could incite anger in the region and a response from Iran.
Secretary of State Mike Pompeo says the United States is not extending any waivers exempting importers of Iranian oil from US sanctions and there will be no grace period for those economies to comply.
Pakistani PM Imran Khan's visit to Iran, the first since he took office last year, comes after gunmen who Islamabad says were based in Iran killed 14 members of Pakistan's security forces last week in Balochistan province.
American sanctions have historically failed and may even strengthen the IRGC's standing domestically.
The Trump administration is expected to tell five nations, including Turkey, they will no longer be exempt from US sanctions if they continue to import Iranian oil. Last week, a senior Turkish adviser said Ankara expected an extension on its waiver.
Mustafa Sentop will address parliament speakers and lawmakers from neighbouring countries at a Baghdad summit that is expected to discuss regional issues.
Following US sanctions, the political and military group is using commemoration events to call for donations and build support for its anti-American rhetoric.
Afghan politics has always been a complicated and ruthless affair, yet Karzai has withstood the turbulence like no leader before him.
Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat, was in Turkey after visiting the Assad regime in Damascus. Experts believe Tehran wants to mediate between the two neighbours to reestablish official ties.
More than 900 people have been stripped of their citizenship since 2012 in what human rights groups say is political repression.
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