"Because of some internal problems that Saudi Arabia is facing and certain foreign issues, Mr. Trump's election (as the USA president) and the relations he has established with Saudi Arabia, and Trump's analyses of Iran, they (Saudis) are somehow under the illusion that they may win more concessions from Iran through patience".
ABOARD A US GOVERNMENT AIRCRAFT, - The United States intends to fully enforce sanctions due to be reimposed against Iran early this week on orders from US President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Sunday.
US sanctions had been eased by the Obama administration under the terms of the landmark 2015 Iran nuclear deal.
The idea of meeting between the two countries mounted when last Monday, during a press conference with Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte, Trump said he would meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani without preconditions. According to a Friday report from Bloomberg News, the Trump administration has been unsuccessful in persuading Beijing to back away from the Islamic republic, though it has agreed to keep its Iranian oil purchases static.
"There is a massive loss of confidence in the financial system and the government's ability to control things and withstand sanctions", she said.
Iran reportedly received five new commercial airplanes on Sunday in what are expected to be among the final imports to the country before the U.S.
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To encourage Iranians to return their hard cash to the economy, the plan allows the central bank to set up dollar savings accounts for ordinary people, state television said. Mindful of the high cost, some foreign businesses that took advantage of the diplomatic breakthrough have begun winding down their operations in Iran.
Pompeo said it would require "enormous change" by Iran to get out from under renewed USA sanctions.
The officials who spoke to Reuters said the campaign, consisting of speeches and online material paints Iranian leaders in a harsh light, at times using information that is exaggerated or contradicts other official pronouncements, including comments by previous administrations.
Pompeo said the intensified pressure on Tehran was created to "push back against Iranian malign activity". "Perhaps that will be the path the Iranians choose to go down".
Referring to protests that have spread through Iran in recent months, Pompeo added, "The Iranian people are not happy - not with the Americans but with their own leadership. But there's no evidence today of a change in their behavior".
"This is just about Iranians' dissatisfaction with their own government, and the President is pretty clear, we want the Iranian people to have a strong voice in who their leadership will be".