European Union firms in Iran caught between U.S. and Europe

President Rouhani is facing renewed discontent over living standards which are being squeezed under the threat of US sanctions

The first set of USA sanctions against Iran that had been eased under the landmark nuclear accord have gone back into effect.

Now, the sanctions ban most transactions with Iran's central bank; its network of ports and insurance companies; the purchase of Iranian sovereign debt; and trade in gold, graphite, aluminum and other precious metals.

The second phase of U.S. sanctions, which takes effect November 5 and will block Iran´s oil sales, is due to cause more damage, though several countries including China, India and Turkey have indicated they are not willing to entirely cut their Iranian energy purchases.

Trump announced in May that he was pulling the United States out of the 2015 nuclear deal, a key foreign policy legacy of his predecessor Barack Obama, which saw some economic sanctions against Iran lifted in exchange for limits on the country's nuclear programme.

The US goal is to get the Iranian regime to stop meddling in countries from Syria to Yemen, halt its ballistic missile programme and commit to stricter limits on its nuclear program, not to overthrow the government, the administration officials said.

Iran accused the U.S. of reneging on the nuclear agreement, signed by Barack Obama's administration, and of causing recent Iranian economic unrest.

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Chelsea have slammed the shut the possibility of their superstar Eden Hazard leaving the club for Real Madrid this summer. Willian looks set to stay at Chelsea despite being heavily linked with Barcelona and Manchester United this summer.

The European Union's diplomatic chief, Federica Mogherini, said the union, as well as Britain, France and Germany, deeply regretted the United States move. USA imports of food and carpets from Iran are also restricted.

"By returning to the JCPOA", he said, using the technical name for the 2015 nuclear deal.

Rouhani said that Trump's call for direct negotiations with Iran were "only for domestic consumption in America. and to create chaos in Iran".

"We are always in favour of diplomacy and talks".

Iran's president said the measures were "psychological warfare" which aimed to "sow division among Iranians".

"It also forbids European Union persons from complying with those [US] sanctions unless exceptionally authorised to do so by the commission", said spokeswoman Mina Andreeva.

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Foreign Office minister Alistair Burt has moved to reassure businesses they will not face legal action in connection with deals with Iranian firms.

The "Trump Administration wants the world to believe it's concerned about the Iranian people", Iranian foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said in a statement posted to Twitter. "That's the ask. It's pretty simple", said Mr Pompeo.

The US has long designated Iran as the world's foremost state sponsor of terrorism, Pompeo noted Sunday, adding that the Islamic Republic can not expect to be treated as an equal in the worldwide community until it halts such activities.

He says the move is needed to prevent Iranian nuclear ambitions. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the renewed sanctions as "an important moment for Israel, for the USA, for the region, for the whole world".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hailed the renewed sanctions as "an important moment for Israel, for the U.S., for the region, for the whole world".

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