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Despite the immense barrage of media coverage, no significant developments. UK SECSTATE Hunt offers to release tanker if Iran agrees not to deliver the POL to Syria, no response reported as yet, Hunt pleads with Tehran to be sane. Speculation on how long it might take Tehran to build a nuke.
The House of Representatives passed a defense-policy bill that would prohibit the use of federal funds for military action against Iran without congressional consent as well as expand paid leave for U.S. workers.
President Trump has been signaling that he wants to negotiate and has softened what he seeks; the Iranians appear unimpressed.
Iranian speedboats recently went after a British oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz. Despite this provocation, the Iranian regime is not out for war, says Rainer Hermann of German daily Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung.
Iranian leader Rouhani says Tehran open for dialogue if sanctions are lifted and US returns to nuclear deal.
Iran is ready to hold talks with the United States if Washington lifts sanctions and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal it quit last year, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said in a televised speech on Sunday.
TEHRAN – In a telephone conversation with his British counterpart Jeremy Hunt on Saturday, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif insisted that the oil sanctions against Iran by the U.S. are illegal and that “the Islamic Republic of Iran will keep exporting oil under any circumstances.”
Foreign ministers met in Brussels on Monday to try to salvage the nuclear agreement.
Britain, Germany and France are emphasising their support for the deal, amid tensions in the Gulf.
British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that there was still time to save the Iran nuclear deal and that despite the United States being Britain’s closest ally it disagreed on how to handle the Iran crisis.
Britain said on Monday there was a “small window” of time to save the Iran nuclear deal, as Tehran signaled it would ramp up its nuclear program — seen by the West as a cover for making atomic bombs — if Europe failed to do more to salvage the pact.
The United Kingdom on Saturday tied the release of an Iranian oil tanker to a guarantee it would not go to Syria.
BRITAIN’S most modern warship was racing towards the Perian Gulf last night amid warnings Iran will launch a guerrilla warfare-style attack on commercial shipping.
U.S. sanctions have created a tinderbox as shown by recent UK-Iranian tanker clashes. All this needs is a spark.
Iran’s escalation has backfired, even with trusted allies, and it is edging closer to red lines
BRUSSELS: British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said on Monday that there was still time to save the Iran nuclear deal and that despite the United States being Britain’s closest ally it disagreed on how to handle the Iran crisis. “Iran is still a good year away from developing a nuclear bomb. There is still some closing, but small window to keep the deal alive,” Hunt told
Iran is taking steps to shorten the time it would take to produce a nuclear warhead.
No enrichment, but other countries could supply the fuel rods for the peaceful production of energy.
Foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt says the seized tanker will be released if its oil isn’t headed to Syria.
British foreign minister Jeremy Hunt told his Iranian counterpart on Saturday that Britain would facilitate the release of the detained Grace 1 oil tanker if Tehran gave guarantees it would not go to Syria.
Britain has offered Iran a way out of the crisis over its seized oil tanker in Gibraltar, saying it would “facilitate release” of the Grace 1 if Tehran provided guarantees the vessel would not …
In exchange, Iran would be asked to guarantee the oil will not go to Syria.
UK Foreign Minister Hunt says concern was ‘destination not origin’ after ‘constructive call’ with Iranian counterpart.
An Iranian oil tanker held by British forces near Gibraltar will be released if the United Kingdom is assured the oil will not be heading to Syria, London’s top diplomat said Saturday.
Hezbollah leader Sayed Hassan Nasrallah says Israel would not be ‘neutral’ if a war starts between the US and Iran.
The European Union fully backs Iraq’s efforts to de-escalate growing tensions between the United States and Iran because conflict will have dire consequences for all sides, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said on Saturday.
Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal as an act of ‘diplomatic vandalism’ to spite his predecessor Barack Obama, according to British Ambassador Sir Kim Darroch. Sir Kim Darroch’s 2018 memos accused Donald Trump of ‘diplomatic vandalism’ The ambassador claims that Trump abandoned Iran deal to spite Barack Obama His comments came after Boris Johnson tried to change the US president’s mind Then-Foreign Secretary failed to persuade the White House to save nuclear deal
The latest disclosure comes despite a police warning to media about publishing leaked diplomatic memos.
Kim Darroch, the former United Kingdom ambassador to the United States, said the Trump administration was “set upon an act of diplomatic vandalism” in its decision to abandon the Iran nuclear deal, the Daily Mail reported Saturday, citing leaked cables.
Leaked cables quote Britain’s US envoy as saying that US president ditched agreement because it was Obama’s deal.
Iran’s breaching of caps on its uranium enrichment after the United States pulled out of world powers’ nuclear deal with Tehran was “a bad reaction to … (a) bad decision”, raising fears of a stumble into war, France’s foreign minister said.
A crisis of confidence at the heart of the country’s institutions allows predators to circle in preparation for rich pickings
VOA News Published on Jul 14, 2019 Iran is claiming moral victory in its stand-off with the United States over Tehran’s nuclear program. Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Sunday that Washington has failed to win international support for tougher sanctions on Tehran for increasing its production of enriched uranium.
The Effect of US Sanctions on Iran’s Economy: Lessons from the Past and Predictions for Future Watch here Read the complete transcript here Dr. Saeed Ghasseminejad is a senior Iran and financial economics advisor at FDD specializing in Iran’s economy and financial markets, sanctions and illicit finance. Born and raised in Iran, Saeed earned his Ph.D.…
As Iran slowly untethers itself from the Iran nuclear deal’s central constraints on enriched uranium, signaling the deal’s potential collapse, President Trump is proving that U.S. unilateral power remains paramount on the global stage. Trump’s policy to kill the 2015 deal has been prevailing against the objections of the remaining signatories, perhaps the most powerful global counter-coalition possible — China, Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and the European Union. It has been prevailing despite that Iran had until very recently been abiding by the deal following the U.S. withdrawal last May. But without an endgame strategy on Iran that includes an exit ramp off the escalatory ladder of tensions and a solution to the nuclear problem, Trump’s victory will be a Pyrrhic one. ADVERTISEMENT Throughout the Cold War and after, it was dogma that the United States needed partners in order to make sanctions work. With Iran, Trump has shown that the U.S. alone remains a preeminent power that can implement an unprecedented “maximum pressure” campaign of primary and secondary sanctions.
Iran’s weak military and proximity to heavily-armed, ideologically hostile states underpins a dynamic of strategic paranoia in Tehran.
The BBC has been given rare access to Iran to gauge the public mood as tensions with the US deepen.