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US official links economic protests in Iran to sanctions

Posted On: Jul 12, 2018   |   Posted By: National Post

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - A top U.S. official focused on sanctions against Iran on Thursday linked American financial pressure on Tehran with ongoing economic protests roiling the country, saying she hoped the strain would limit the Islamic Republic's “malign activities” across the Mideast.
Sigal P. Mandelker, the undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the U.S. Treasury, declined to comment when ask if the Trump administration hoped that tightening of the sanctions would spark the Iranian government's overthrow.
However, her comments to journalists in Dubai come against the backdrop of the U.S. withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal. The United States is now seeking to choke Iran's vital oil exports to the wider world.
“You've seen the Iranian people, of course, stand up loudly, at risk of their own lives, shouting in protest about the corruption that's happening within Iran,” Mandelker said. “Of course the fact that so much money has gone to support malign activities elsewhere,...

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