Donald Trump told Iran's President to "never, ever threaten the United States again".
"Everything screeched to a halt when Trump made the announcement", says one Iranian importer.
Iran has reacted negatively to US President Donald Trump's offer of bilateral negotiations, with the head of the Revolutionary Guards dismissing the idea outright, writes Nassir Shirkhani.
The U.S. State Department said on its Persian-language Twitter account: "While it is ultimately up to the #people_of_Iran to determine their country's path, #America supports the voice of the Iranian people, which has been ignored for a long time".
But Trump and hawks in his administration, such as Pompeo and national security advisor John Bolton, were determined to put Iran back on a blacklist that will harm its economy. It followed much the same pattern as was seen in his interactions with North Korean dictator Kim Jong-Un, with whom he exchanged rhetorical statements and threatening tweets before sitting down for a summit in Singapore after which Trump spoke highly of Kim and boasted about the likelihood of nuclear disarmament.
Both Trump and Rouhani are due to address the United Nations General Assembly in NY next month. "No preconditions. They want to meet?" While insisting that "Iran will not have the money to do both", Pompeo blamed the money that the Iranian government received after sanctions ended (during the final year of Barack Obama's presidency) as a "newfound treasure" that it used to sponsor those groups.
"Iran, and it's [sic] economy, is going very bad, and fast!"
But many US allies believe that language is code for regime change.
"It's good for the country, good for them, good for us and good for the world".
Or the regime could start to address what America calls its "malign influence" in the region, including its support to Syrian President Bashar Assad and threats to shut down the strategic Strait of Hormuz, a vital shipping lane for worldwide oil supplies.
Protests that began in Iran on Tuesday afternoon continued across the country in Isfahan, Shiraz, Mashhad, Karaj, Sari, Bandar Abbas, and Ahvaz.
Protesters in some videos shouted against Supreme Leader and the Islamic Republic.
The agency reported all protests had taken place without official permission and were subsequently broken up by police.
Two days after the demonstrations in Tehran and Arak, Tehran Prosecutor-General Abbas Jafari Dolatabadi said, "A large number of people who participated in protests in Tehran's Grand Bazaar on Monday have been arrested and will likely face trial".