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  • Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks during a joint press conference with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani in Ankara Turkey

The Times of Israel notes Khamenei's outline on his English Twitter account as to why negotiations are out of the question, in which he calls the USA government a "duplicitous" one that uses a bait-and-switch-style "formula" during talks. "We have been in wars but the other side has always started the war". These punitive economic measures will intensify in November, when the USA will seek to ban Iranian oil exports.

Turning to the reimposition of USA sanctions on Iran after Trump unilaterally quit the 2015 nuclear pact, Altmaier stressed the importance of keeping European business deals in Iran alive.

According to state TV, Mr Khamenei told the gathering: "More than the sanctions, economic mismanagement (by the government) is putting pressure on ordinary Iranians".

"With better management and planning we can resist the sanctions and overcome them,"Khamenei said".

More than 60 people, including several officials, have been arrested on charges that carry the death penalty. While the USA has been pressing its allies to completely refuse Iranian oil imports, the Islamic Republic has threatened to close the Strait of Hormuz, effectively blocking all the oil shipments from the Persian Gulf, should they accede to American demands. Thousands have protested against the government in recent weeks against sharp rises in the prices of some food items, a lack of jobs and state corruption.

As Middle East Eye reported last month, the govenrment's attempt to unify the dollar's official and black market exchange rates completely backfired.

Brazil World Cup victor Ronaldo in hospital with pneumonia
Ronaldo finished his career with an impressive 414 goals, 62 of which came in just 98 appearances for the Brazilian national side. The former Real Madrid, Inter Milan and Barcelona striker is a regular visitor of the island, where he owns a holiday home.

Trump has been a frequent critic of the Iran nuclear deal and put the sanctions back in place after pulling the United States from the agreement.

Trump has said Iran must also stop meddling in conflicts in Syria and Yemen, but Foreign Minister Javad Zarif struck a defiant tone on Monday, telling Qatar's al Jazeera TV: "Iran will not change its policies in the region because of U.S. sanctions and threats".

German business associations have warned that companies are increasingly suffering from Trump's sanctions policies - including those against Iran - as well as the tariffs he is imposing in the escalating trade conflict with China.

"Negotiations with the USA would definitely harm us and they are forbidden", Khamenei said, adding that the Americans had proven they could not be trusted.

Unless Iran's clerical rulers comply with the USA demands, more sanctions targeting Iran's oil and shipping industries are set for November.

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