USA reinstates all sanctions but Iran believed to weather

Khamenei was speaking on the eve of the anniversary of the 1979 takeover of the US embassy in Tehran

While Iran braces for a new set of sanctions on Monday that will target its oil, shipping, energy and banking sectors, United States measures have already taken a heavy toll on the Islamic republic.

U.S. president Donald Trump has said that the USA sanctions will hit Iran in a "big way" from 5 November, asserting that the "toughest-ever" punitive measures have been put in place for a "corrupt regime" in Tehran.

"U.S. sanctions against Iran. created serious concerns with traders earlier in September".

His comments come a day after Russian Energy Minister Alexander Novak said Moscow would continue to buy Iranian oil, even after US sanctions go back into place on Monday.

Anti-US rhetoric from the Iranian government is familiar from the Iranian government, but relations between the two countries are at a particular low over the Trump administration's hard line on Tehran's nuclear and military ambitions.

All of the other signatories, China, the European Union, France, Germany, Iran, Russia and the United Kingdom, have remained in the deal despite U.S. action.

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 United States penalties.

It was in May, that Trump had announced that the United States had withdrawn from what he described as "the terrible, one-sided" Iran nuclear deal.

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The reimposition of the sanctions came as the U.S.is focused on Tuesday's congressional and gubernatorial elections.

"America wanted to cut to zero Iran's oil sales ... but we will continue to sell our oil ... to break sanctions", he said.

"We are working diligently to make sure we support the Iranian people and that we direct our activity towards ensuring that the Islamic Republic of Iran's malign behaviour is changed", US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, told Fox News Sunday. "But they're not doing very well", he said.

"Watch as we have already taken more crude oil off the market than any time in the previous history", he added, referring to the one million barrel reduction in Iranian oil exports already.

His decision was widely criticized overseas and by Democrats at home, who said that while imperfect, the pact had placed the Iranian nuclear program under the tightest scrutiny ever.

Senior Iranian officials have dismissed concerns about the impact to its economy.

"We are in a situation of economic war, confronting a bullying power". The effect of the initial sanctions is already being felt -the rial has plummeted, Iran's economy is depressed and the results are evident.

"A loss of one million bpd from Iran, further declines in Venezuela, coupled together with geopolitical disruption in Libya and Nigeria could easily wipe out what little spare capacity we have left", Bernstein analysts said last week. Controversy arose when the sanctions were announced in terms of Iran's access to the SWIFT financial system and its potential to bypass the sanctions through it.

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