White House Vows 'Relentless Pressure' Unless Iran Changes 'Revolutionary Course'
- [Reporter] More than 24hours after the United States
slapped Iran with someof the toughest sanctions
ever to his the Islamic regime,
residents of the capitalcity already facing
economic dire straits arebracing for even more pain.
- The sanctions have greatlyaffect our lives 100%.
- [Reporter] Everythingfrom food, transportation,
housing and medical costshave risen dramatically.
- High prices negatively impact
every individual and every family.
- [Reporter] Mina Sholeh,who is visiting Tehran
fears this second roundof sanctions will lead
to more unemployment and hyperinflation.
- Prices for shows andclothes have gone up very high
and a lot of people are not
able to buy these things anymore.
- [Reporter] Some hope the economic pain
will bring Iranians to the streets
to protest the Islamic regime
and calls for its end as theydid last year and in 2009.
The White House says the aim of the
economic penalties is simple.
- Our objective is tostarve the Iranian regime
of the revenue it uses to fund violent
and destabilizing activitiesthroughout the Middle East
and indeed, around the world.
- [Reporter] In all, the USgovernment has sanctioned
more than 900 Iran relatedtargets in the last two years.
Secretary Pompeo says the Islamic regime
has a clear choice.
- It can either do 180 degree turn
from its outlined course of action
and act like a normal country
or it can see its economy crumble.
- [Reporter] Thousandsof Iranians responded
to the new sanctions by chanting,
"Death to America, death to Israel,"
and burning US and Israeli flags.
They even squeeze in militarydrills in the northern
part of the country in defiance.
As their government vowedto circumvent US sanctions
and keep selling its oil.
Iran's supreme leader,speaking on the eve of
the anniversary of theNovember 4th, 1979 takeover
of the US Embassy in Tehran,
used the occasion to accuse Washington
of waging military, economic,and propaganda wars.
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told the crowd
that America's influence was in decline.
- American's power andhajer money in the world
is declining and movingtoward the selection.
It's waning year by year.
- [Reporter] But it isAmerica that's putting
the squeeze on the regime at the moment
and the White House says that pressure
will be relentless until Iran changes
its revolutionary course.
George Thomas, CBN News.