The Debate - "Iran nuclear deal positive achievement for all parties"

Glen Norman
July 5, 2018

"But history will judge other nations based on what they do today", Rouhani said during a visit to Vienna.

During a press conference at the State Department, Hook called on Iran to meet demands so it could be, what he termed, "normal country".

MP Assadollah Qarehkhani was quoted by media as saying that a special committee had been formed in the Parliament that would deal with bartering oil with goods, adding that this was meant to help Iran overcome the impacts of upcoming United States sanctions.

Signatories to the deal, including the European Union, have vowed to keep the 2015 deal alive without the United States by trying to keep Iran's oil and investment flowing, but have acknowledged that sanctions would make it hard to give Tehran guarantees.

Washington has been pressuring its allies to halt all purchases of Iranian oil by November 4.

Rouhani's European trip will be of "prime importance" as it could "provide a more precise picture of cooperation between Iran and Europe", the Iranian foreign ministry spokesman said at the weekend.

Iran could reduce its co-operation with the United Nations nuclear watchdog, President Hassan Rouhani told the body's head on Wednesday (Jul 4), after he warned US President Donald Trump of "consequences" of fresh sanctions against Iranian oil sales.

Hanegbi's remarks came before senior diplomats from Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation meet in Vienna on Friday, aiming to safeguard a pact reached in 2015.

Iran's prominent English daily, Tehran Times, in an opinion piece has slammed India for buckling under U.S. pressure to curb oil imports from Iran.

Iranian state media reported on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be in Vienna, Austria for the talks. However, Japan has so far refused to cut Iranian oil imports.

The US Navy's 5th Fleet, which patrols the region, has said it has not seen any "unsafe and unprofessional" actions by Iranian naval forces in the Persian Gulf since August 2017.

Separately, Iran's interior minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli warned Tuesday that "if we close our eyes for 24 hours, 1 million refugees will go toward Europe through our Western borders" via Turkey. He added that the new US policy is not about changing the Iranian government.

The UAE, an American-allied federation of seven sheikhdoms on the Arabian Peninsula, hosts some 5,000 USA troops.

The exchange prompted the U.S. military to issue reassurances that the Gulf trade routes would be defended from any attack or Iranian threat.

The EU's foreign service, the EEAS, was not immediately available for comment on the meeting.

In an article on June 27 Foreign Policy said since Iran is fully abiding by the terms of the worldwide 2015 nuclear accord "many countries are reluctant to go along with Washington's wishes" to cease importing oil from Iran.

But so far it has proven hard to offset the impact of continued USA sanctions, with European firms reluctant to risk far-reaching US financial penalties to do business in Iran.

A recent decision by the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries to increase the cartel's own production by 1 million barrels a day has yet to tamp down prices.

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