The Trump administration has worked to crush Tehran's oil exports to zero since May, when Mr. Trump withdrew the US from the multilateral deal endorsed by the Obama administration that eased global sanctions in exchange for curbs on Iran's suspect nuclear programs.
"America wanted to cut to zero Iran's oil sales. but we will continue to sell our oil.to break sanctions", Rouhani said. Under the Obama-era deal, involving five permanent members of the UN Security Council and Germany, Iran agreed to stop its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from economic sanctions. "There's a handful of places were countries that have already made significant reductions in their crude oil exports need a little bit more time to get to zero, and we're going to provide that to them", he said.
The US side was unmoved.
"The European Union does not approve of it", European Economic Affairs Commissioner Pierre Moscovici told franceinfo radio, hours after the sanctions came into force.
"I think, sorry to say... your president is a megalomaniac", proclaimed one demonstrator.
The new sanctions will particularly hurt Iran's oil industry, a crucial source of money for its anaemic economy.
They have promised to support European firms that do "legitimate business" with Iran and have set up an alternative payment mechanism - or Special Purpose Vehicle (SPV) - that will help companies trade without facing USA penalties. He qualified that transactions for "humanitarian" purposes would be exempt, as they had been in the past, but cautioned that "banks must be very careful that these are not disguised transactions".
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Pompeo maintained that despite the waivers, "these sanctions have already had an enormous impact".
South Korea, one of Asia's biggest buyers of Iranian oil, last week asked the U.S. for "maximum flexibility" after some of its construction firms cancelled energy-related contracts in the Islamic Republic because of financing difficulties.
The US has agreed to let eight countries - including Japan, India and South Korea - keep buying Iranian oil even after the full might of its sanctions on the Islamic nation becomes visible from Monday.
Next, add the ongoing massive trade war between the USA and China, such that the impact of United States sanctions against China relating to Iran are really a small piece of a much bigger game. That would entail banning Iran from returning to enrichment activities.
Mr Rouhani said: "Today, Iran is able to sell its oil and it will sell".
Saudi Arabia is the only country with the capacity to make up for lost Iranian oil production.
Some 52 Americans were held hostage for 444 days in Iran.
The Trump administration is maintaining a delicate balancing act with waivers to ensure calm in the oil market on supply as well as price front, while ensuring that Tehran doesn't collect revenue enough to make USA sanctions irrelevant.