USA demands world halt Iranian oil imports by Nov 4

Japan imported an average of 165,481 barrels per day of Iranian oil in fiscal 2017-18

Japan imported an average of 165,481 barrels per day of Iranian oil in fiscal 2017-18

Prosecutor Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said the "main provocateurs" who planned the protest and threatened shopkeepers to close their stores were arrested.

When Trump announced that the USA was quitting the nuclear accord, he warned that other nations would face sanctions unless they stopped trading with the Islamic Republic.

Iran is already feeling economic pressures after protests erupted this week amid concerns about rising prices and a decline in the value of its currency, the rial.

Iran's currency has plunged nearly 50 percent in value in the past six months, with the U.S. dollar now trading at around 78,500 in the black market.

Last month US President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, re-imposing US sanctions that had been suspended in return for controls on Tehran's nuclear program.

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At the end of a year ago, similar economic protests roiled Iran and spread to some 75 cities and towns, becoming the largest demonstrations in the country since its 2009 disputed presidential election.

In a televised speech Monday night, Iranian president Hassan Rouhani blamed Washington of waging economic warfare against the country.

The state-run IRNA news agency euphemistically referred to one incident Tuesday in which the city's metro line was temporarily shut down near the Grand Bazaar, saying it happened "because of some people gathered there".

"It is all of our duty to work together to help the respected government and other governmental branches in solving the economic problems", said General Yahya Rahim-Safavi, who is also a senior adviser to Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.

"Withdrawal was the worst decision [the USA president] could make". Iran agreed to limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. Rouhani announced plans to boost Iran's foreign trade and give foreign companies a bigger role in its economy.

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Mr Rouhani's power within the government appears to be abating, with some openly calling for military officials to lead the country.

Those comments came after Mr Trump on Monday claimed "a lot of progress has been made in the Middle East. and it really started with the end of the frightful Iran deal".

Tehran has long denied wanting to build nuclear weapons, despite fears from the West and the United Nations.

"On China and India, yes, certainly", a state department official told reporters when asked if the USA has told all countries, including India and China, to stop all their imports of Iranian oil by 4 November.

"In the coming months we will see much more intervention in the economy by the government, a centrally imposed style of management by diktat", he said. The official wasn't authorized to be identified by name and briefed reporters on condition of anonymity. "We view this as one of our top national-security priorities", the official said.

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The Iranian parliament showed the level of discontent over Rouhani's performance, issuing a letter, signed by 187 representatives - more than half of the total - asking that the president change his administration's economic team. Sources here said re-insurance for Iranian crude is also drying up. "It supports far-right political parties in Iraq and Lebanon and elsewhere and then pretends that the extremists who respond to them require more Iranian presence to "defend stability".

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