For many ordinary Iranians, US threats barely register May 23, 2018 0 335 12345 afpTehranWhile some US officials hope their increasingly aggressive measures could trigger some kind of new Iranian revolution, they are unlikely to get much take-up at Tehran's Tajrish bazaar.The overriding response to Monday's threat-laden speech by US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo was one of weary apathy.Not one person approached by AFP over several hours at the upmarket bazaar in northern Tehran had seen the speech.When its key points were relayed to them, it was generally seen as the same angry rhetoric they have been hearing from the United States for decades."Americans think they own the world. They want to decide for other countries as they wish," said Omidi, a retired man, shopping at the bazaar."They want to have everything. They want to have even more nuclear energy and atomic bombs than they have now. And they want the countries that oppose them to have nothing," he added, indignantly.Pompeo's threat to"crush" Iran with sanctions has sparked widespread fears, particularly among anyone with a business linked to the outside world.But sanctions are also familiar in Iran, and many remained defiant."There have been sanctions over the last 30 years," said Musavi, a government employee."If it was going to have any effect, it would have affected us over the last 30 years. Iran has never paid attention to sanctions and has stood on its own feet," he added."America has proven for the last 40 years that it is hostile towards us," said Chegini, a street seller.Pompeo said he wanted a new deal with Iran, but his 12 demands on ending Iran's regional interventions and missile programme are considered a non-starter by the government, particularly in the way they were presented. POST A COMMENT RELATED ARTICLES Palestinians seek urgent ICC probe into Israeli war crimes May 23, 2018 0 43 'Severe damage' in Yarmouk makes returns unlikely: UN May 23, 2018 0 33 Hidden camera TV show on Israel sparks furore in Tunisia May 23, 2018 0 31 Saudi expands crackdown on women's rights activists REUTERS RIYADH Saudi Arabia has arrested at least three more women's rights activists in a widening crackdown just weeks before a ban on women driving is set to end, international rights watchdogs said on Tuesday. .. IS attack in Syria desert kills 26 pro-regime forces AFP Beirut More than two dozen pro-government forces based in Syria's desert died in a surprise Islamic State group attack on Tuesday, a day after the jihadists' ouster from the outskirts of Damascus, a monitor .. Al Shabaab suicide bomber hits Somalia military convoy: Police MOGADISHU A suicide car bomber from Somalia's militant group al Shabaab hit a military convoy outside Mogadishu on Tuesday, causing an unknown number of deaths, a police officer and the group's spokesman told .. Iraq court sentences Belgian jihadist to death for IS membership Baghdad An Iraqi court on Tuesday sentenced a Belgian jihadist, who threatened Europe in propaganda videos, to death by hanging for membership of the Islamic State group. The tough punishment is the latest doled out in .. Five killed, 22 wounded by Houthi missile in Yemen's city of Marib RIYADH Five people were killed and 22 wounded by a Houthi missile fired at the Yemeni city of Marib, which falls under control of the government of President Abd Rabbo Mansour Hadi, the SABA news agency reported on .. Rights group accuses Egypt of mass demolition of Sinai homes REUTERS CAIRO Human Rights Watch accused Egypt on Tuesday of mass demolition of homes in the Sinai Peninsula, some of which it said might be illegal, as the military fights an Islamist militants insurgency in the remote .. No change at top for Lebanon's parliament, Hezbollah ally set for deputy post REUTERS BEIRUT Lebanon's parliament is set to re-elect Nabih Berri as its speaker on Wednesday, extending the veteran politician's tenure in a post he has held since 1992, after a general election that ..