Iranians chant ‘Death to America’ ahead of US sanctions

Iranians chant ‘Death to America’ ahead of US sanctions
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Iranian protesters chanted "Death to America" on Sunday at a government-organized rally to mark the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Iran, and ahead of new U.S. sanctions on the country's oil industry, Reuters reported.

The news outlet reported that thousands of students burned the American flag, an effigy of Uncle Sam and photos of President TrumpDonald John TrumpPaul Ryan defends Navy admiral after Trump's criticism Trump discussing visit overseas to troops following criticism: report Retired Army General: Trump is ‘acting like an 8th grader’ in attacking ex-Navy SEAL who led bin Laden operation MORE outside of a complex in Tehran that once housed the U.S. Embassy, according to the news service. The protest was broadcast on state television.

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The protests and accompanying chants of "Death to America" are common at annual rallies to mark the embassy seizure, Reuters noted. 

Major Gen. Ali Jafari, who leads the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, reportedly said at Sunday's event that his country would defeat the "economic and psychological war" the U.S. is carrying out against it.

The Trump administration announced that it plans to reimpose the last set of oil and gas sanctions on Monday that had been lifted under the Iran nuclear deal.

“This part of the campaign about which we’re speaking today is simple: It is aimed at depriving the regime of the revenues that it uses to spread death and destruction around the world,” Secretary of State Mike PompeoMichael (Mike) Richard PompeoOfficial: UAE complying with Iran sanctions 'as it is published by the United States' Turkey knocks US support for YPG as ‘big mistake’ Trump to speak with CIA about Khashoggi's murder MORE said in a call with reporters.

The secretary of State said eight "jurisdictions" would be granted waivers from the sanctions. He did not specify who or what groups will receive waivers, but said the European Union would not be granted one.

Trump earlier this year announced plans to withdraw from the Iran nuclear pact, an Obama-era agreement that offered sanctions relief to Tehran if it stopped developing its nuclear program.

The president's decision to pull out of the deal, despite international allies urging him not to, has reignited long-simmering tensions between Washington and Tehran.