Thursday, 17 October, 2019

Iran Wants US to Observe Nuclear Deal Before New Talks

A speedboat belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps trains a weapon toward the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19 Bolton: Trump's Willingness To Meet Rohani Does Not Imply Softening Of Stance
Deanna Wagner | 02 September, 2019, 16:24

Zarif said Iran does not want to meet for the sake of meeting. "And we've been successful at that", Pompeo said.

"... Negotiation would be meaningful when it happens on an equal footing, otherwise, it can not be called negotiation; it would be domination, and our nation has not accepted domination for 40 years", the cleric went on to say. Zarif said the removal of USA sanctions could also help salvage the Iranian nuclear deal, which may break apart after the US left past year.

Breaking with his predecessor Barack Obama, Trump enacted a policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran over its disputed nuclear program and previous year unilaterally withdrew from the landmark 2015 global deal that placed limits on Tehran's nuclear activities.

Netanyahu, who sees Iran as a mortal threat and has long opposed the nuclear deal, has urged that sanctions be re-imposed on Tehran.

Sources told Fox News that the U.S. Cyber Command, in the days after the drone incident, launched an attack targeting the Iranian intelligence and radar installations used to down the drone - but it is not clear if that system is the same as the one used to target ships. "You saw over the weekend some reporting the president said once again he is more than willing to meet with Iran's leaders, resolve this diplomatically".

Zarif slammed Washington's push for dominance in the region including through a US -led coalition to patrol the Strait of Hormuz, a strategic waterway through which much of the world's oil transits.

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Since May, the Pentagon has deployed a carrier strike group, a bomber task force and an additional 2,500 troops to the Middle East as Washington accused Iran of attacking oil tankers and plotting against USA interests.

When asked whether he supports Macron's outreach concerning Iran, Trump said, "Sure". Esper championed a USA -led maritime security coalition known as Operation Sentinel, charged with patrolling the Persian Gulf. Instead Iran should ask Europe to fulfil its obligations under the nuclear deal also called the JCPOA (Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action). "They will look at what happened", said Mark Quantock, a retired major general and the former director of intelligence for the United States Central Command.

A speedboat belonging to Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps trains a weapon toward the British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero, which was seized in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19.

The cyberstrike was in the works for weeks if not months, officials have said, adding that the Pentagon proposed launching it after Iran's alleged attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman earlier in June.

Though Trump did not meet with Zarif, he said Monday that "if the circumstances were correct or right, I would certainly agree" to talks with Rouhani.

French President Emmanuel Macron opened an avenue toward a diplomatic solution to the U.S. -Iran standoff at the summit, saying that Iranian President Rouhani had told him he was open to a meeting with Trump.