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Donald Trump brought back the punishing sanctions after unilaterally pulling out of a landmark 2015 deal between Tehran and Western powers to halt Iran's nuclear ambitions.

"Today, America is identified as an unreliable and untrustworthy country in the world which does not adhere to any of its obligations", Rouhani said.

Maliki called on the Iraqi government not to be part of the USA policy to impose economic sanctions on Iran.

It will be followed in November by other measures affecting the oil and gas sector as well as the Central Bank.

Meanwhile, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said his country will not oppose third-country mediation between the US and Iran.

Anti-government demonstrations have spread across the country in recent months, from Iran's heartland to dozens of cities, including the capital of Tehran, as citizens grow increasingly disillusioned by the weak economy, strict Islamic laws, and chronic drought.

USA officials have said in recent weeks that they aim to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero as a means of pressuring Tehran to halt its nuclear and missile programmes and involvement in regional conflicts in Syria and Iraq.

The US leader took to Twitter on Tuesday to issue a strong warning to anyone doing business with Iran, after he reimposed sanctions on the country. Zarif told the state-owned IRAN daily, however, there are now no ongoing talks between the countries.

The top USA general in the Middle East on Wednesday said the military remains "extraordinarily vigilant" about Iranian movements in the Persian Gulf following last week's Iranian naval exercise in and around the Strait of Hormuz.

His Tuesday morning tweet came as Washington's new sanctions on Tehran took effect overnight.

Speaking to state broadcaster IRINN on Wednesday, Rouhani said: "If the Americans want to keep this simplistic and impossible idea in their minds, they should also know its consequences".

While Iran has maintained its nuclear program is for peaceful purposes, before the June summit with Trump North Korea had repeatedly threatened to attack the US and South Korea.

President Hassan Rouhani made his first public comments on the protests Monday, acknowledging some concerns while downplaying the scale of demonstrations, the Wall Street Journal reported.

Already facing broad economic fallout as their currency implodes, Iranians are wondering how the next phase of the crisis in United States relations will play out - and what, exactly, America's long-term strategy is toward their country.

He has said the deal "failed to achieve the fundamental objective of blocking all paths to an Iranian nuclear bomb" and did not address Tehran's "malign activities, including its ballistic missile programme and its support for terrorism".

Iran has dismissed a last-minute offer from the Trump administration for talks, saying it could not negotiate while Washington had reneged on the 2015 deal to lift sanctions.

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