World powers try keep Iran nuclear deal alive

Jul 06, 2018, 22:16
World powers try keep Iran nuclear deal alive

The bellicose interpretation was virtually universal among United States officials and media outlets, and echoed on Thursday when the Iranian Revolutionary Guards praised Rouhani's statement, and said shipping of oil through the Strait was for "all or none".

They said they remained committed to the 2015 accord and to building up economic relations with Iran, including "the continuation of Iran's export of oil and gas" and other energy products.

As tensions grow, the United States president is demanding that all countries end imports of Iranian oil by 4 November, as part of a series of 12 demands aimed at forcing Iran to behave "like a normal country".

If Iran can not sell its oil under U.S. pressure, then no other regional country will be allowed to either, said Mohammad Ali Jafari, who commands the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's most powerful military force.

If Iran can not sell its oil due to US pressure, then no other regional country will be allowed to do so either, Jafari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

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"Now we need to enter into the implementation stage", Zarif, speaking in Persian, told reporters gathered at the Austrian capital.

Under contingencies, the enemies can understand the meaning of Hormuz Strait "either for all, or for none", Jafari stressed.

With a third of the world's sea-borne oil passing through it every day, the Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery linking Middle East crude producers to key markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond.

"Together, we stand ready to ensure the freedom of navigation and the free flow of commerce wherever global law allows", he added.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini says world powers and Iran have agreed to continue talking, including on economic measures, over how to save the 2015 nuclear deal.

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Under the JCPOA, Iran undertook to put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the removal of nuclear-related sanctions imposed against Tehran.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani and some senior military commanders have threatened in recent days to disrupt oil shipments from Gulf countries if Washington tries to cut Tehran's exports.

Their foreign ministers agreed on an 11-point list of joint goals in Vienna, where the accord was signed three years ago with the aim of stopping Iran from building the atomic bomb in return for sanctions relief that promised greater trade and investment.

"The responsibility for the change of Iran's cooperation level with... falls on those who have created this new situation", he said, according to the Reuters news agency.

"Unfortunately, the proposed package lacked operational solution and specific method for cooperation, and featured just a set of general commitments like the previous statements by the European Union".

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In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in June, President Rouhani said Russia plays a key role in maintaining the nuclear deal after U.S. withdrawal.

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