Iran Bans Entry of U.S. Consumer Goods Despite Nuclear Deal

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Iran Bans Entry of U.S. Consumer Goods Despite Nuclear Deal
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Iran is prohibiting the entry of consumer goods from the United States, according to Iranian Minister of Commerce and Industry Reza Nematzadeh on Thursday.

The Iranian government implemented the ban on American products as the country prepares for the lifting of economic sanction under the nuclear deal with Western Powers, signed in July.

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In his directive, Nematzadeh instructed all his deputies to implement the ban on the sales of U.S. consumer goods in stores across the country. According to the Commerce and Industry Minister, his directive complies with the letter of Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei to President Hassan Rouhani last month.

A local media reported on Tuesday that the Iranian police closed a fried chicken shop using the brand name of KFC. According to the news site of Irans Young Journalists Club, the police closed the ‘ KFC Halal’ restaurant because it is operating under a false license.

Laurie Schalow, a spokesperson for KFC said they were shocked on the report that an illegitimate KFC opened in Tehran. According to her, “No franchise rights have been granted to any party in Iran. We are in contact with local authorities and external advisers and will be filing a legal action against any company or individuals claiming to have rights to open KFC.”

Iran aims to boost domestic production

Khameini told President Rouhani that the implementation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) under the Iran nuclear deal should lead to self-reliant economy.

The Iranian Supreme leader demanded the government to boost domestic production, which should have been done a few years ago to withstand economic sanctions.

President Rouhani assured Khameini that his government would consider and observe his guidance.

Nematzadeh said, “In order to boost national production, it is necessary to stop entry of American consumer goods and prohibit products that symbolize the presence of the United States in the country.”

Anti-American sentiment alive in Iran

The anti-American sentiment in Iran is still alive despite the nuclear deal. During the anniversary of the US embassy seizure in the country on Wednesday, thousands of Iranian protesters burned the American flag and shouted “Death to America.”

Prosecutor General Ebrahim Raisi spoke about the US atrocities ranging from slavery, the killings of 30,000 Iraqis, to phone tapping during the demonstration outside the former US embassy and across Iran.

In 1979, a group of Iranian students stormed the US embassy and hostage 52 Americans for 444 days. Some of the hostages were beaten, tortured, and event underwent a mock execution.

Raisi said, “A day will come when they will have to answer in court for their atrocities.” The Iranian protesters gathered for the “National Day of the Fight against Global Arrogance.”

A majority of legislators in Iran said the government would not drop the “Death to America” slogan, which is being chanted during their weekly, Friday prayers in mosques and protests.

According to them, “The martyr-nurturing nation of Iran is not at all prepared to abandon the slogan of ‘Death to America’ under the pretext of a nuclear agreement.”

Ali Akbar Velayati, Khamenei’s adviser on international affairs also stated, “Iran has not and will not have direct or indirect cooperation with the United States.”

On Tuesday, a state television reported that Iran arrested a Lebanese-American suspected of having connections to the US intelligence community. An official in Washington clarified that the person identified as Nezar Zaka was a US resident, not a citizen

The Iranian government suspected Zaka of having “multiple close ties to the US military and intelligence communities.” Currently, Iran is holding four Iranian-Americans including Washington Post correspondent Jason Rezaian, who was accused of spying.

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  1. Take it very seriously. From what Ive seen , when you make things worse intentionally it does not matter. I can`t believe i`m saying this but my mind on the way things have been handled have changed alot. I think it should be taken very seriously because when you get the “Real one” you very may well have stopped something that breaks my heart. It took so much for me to see the story and now that I do I am 100% with you that it very much has to be taken down and seriously. History books have changed my life along with age and audio bio`s. My heart has learned empathy, love , hate, forgiveness and ugly Threw all this. My heart for a long time along with my brain just could not see it. That`s when you don`t know if the threat is real. Ive paid much attention to these issues and now because of the events unfolding around the world I am with you andI`IM telling you after seeing story after storry , It must be taken very seriously. my heart bleeds for the victims without trying to pay attention to things like this on an all day basis because I could tell you some things. And please let me just say I have no sympathy for the people responsible. But when you throw gas on a fire and the wind blows in the wrong direction one way or another problems brew and their are so many lessons to be learned out of this stuff I cant even begin to think of what number to start at . Lesson 1 or 100. But either way I whole heartedly agree

  2. Although the President now highlights the brutality and aggression of the Islamic State, he still whitewashes the brutality and aggression of Iran and still ignores the need for grand strategy to deal with them. When nation-states escalate weapons programs, enact egregious human rights violations, foment regional chaos and war, and plot against the United States and its allies, history tells us to take it seriously.

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