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Iran unlikely to collapse under US sanctions

Teheran will be hurt but has options because of its longstanding ties with Russia and China

The United States' wide sanctions against Iran, formally unveiled on Monday in Washington, will hurt the Islamic Republic.

But Teheran has options because of its longstanding ties with Russia and China. And, most importantly, the regime, which is the target of the sanctions, is unlikely to cave in to pressure and change its behaviour - as demanded by Washington - any time soon .

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on November 07, 2018, with the headline 'Iran unlikely to collapse under US sanctions'. Subscribe