Iran’s regional allies and some European nations continue to form new plans to skirt a rash of upcoming sanctions on Tehran to keep the hardline regime afloat as protesters continue to push for regime change in the Islamic Republic, according to U.S. officials and experts.
Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi is the latest regional official to oppose the new sanctions and throw his government’s support behind Iran as it works with regional allies and others to avoid a series of new sanctions by the Trump administration aimed at further squeezing Tehran’s economy and choking off funding for its terrorist forces.
Senior Turkish officials, operating on orders from President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, also have vowed to help Iran skirt new U.S. sanctions. The move represents another turn in the diplomatic standoff between Turkey and the United States over its imprisonment of an American pastor that led the Trump administration to issue new sanctions on Ankara. Senior U.S. officials say that even more sanctions are coming down the pike.