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The USA has re-imposed [tough / toughen] economic sanctions on Iran. The U.S. Secretary of State warned Iran that it would be [object / subject] to "relentless" pressure unless it changes its "revolutionary course". The Trump administration reinstated [every / all] sanctions that were lifted in 2015 as a result of the Iranian nuclear [deal / dealt] . Most of the sanctions target [score / core] parts of Iran's economy. The U.S. Treasury described the new penalties as, "the toughest U.S. sanctions ever [imposed / composed] on Iran". It added they would, "target [critically / critical] sectors of Iran's economy, such as the energy, [shipping / shipped] and shipbuilding, and financial sectors". It added: "The USA is [engaged / married] in a campaign of maximum financial pressure on the Iranian [regime / regiment] ."

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani [struck / stuck] a defiant tone in the face of the renewed sanctions. He told his government: "We will [proud / proudly] break the sanctions." Rouhani described the [administered / administration] of President Donald Trump as, "a throwback to the [era / arena] of Bush junior and a repeat of the [same / similar] statements as 2003". He said: "The era of such statements has [evolution / evolved] and the Iranian people have heard these statements hundreds of times, and no longer [spend / pay] attention." The Al Jazeera news agency said the sanctions were a backward [ladder / step] . It wrote: "With one Trump [assign / signature] , the goodwill that had been built between Iranians and the rest of the world crumbled in a [master / matter] of months."

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