Tuesday, 15 October, 2019

Iran to Ratify Additional Protocol If US Congress Endorses JCPOA: Rouhani

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Since abandoning the deal previous year, Trump in May tightened sanctions on Iran in an effort to reduce its oil exports - its main source of foreign exchange and government revenues - to zero.

An already-tense relationship between Iran and the U.S. has worsened over the past year since Trump withdrew from a 2015 nuclear pact between Iran and world powers and re-imposed sanctions on Iran as part of a "maximum pressure" policy.

Iran's economy has been buckling under the weight of the sanctions, and Trump added to them on Wednesday, targeting Tehran's ability to sell its oil by imposing penalties on six Chinese companies and their chief executives for continuing to transport Iranian crude.

In a flurry of diplomatic activity this week, European and other leaders have pushed for a thaw in the nuclear stand-off between Iran and the US.

"According to the [International Atomic Energy Agency].Iran has lived up to every single one of our commitments, and USA sanctions are against the worldwide laws and against [the] UN Security Council resolution", Rouhani told Muir, the anchor of "World News Tonight".

Tensions reached boiling point on September 14 when key Saudi Arabian oil facilities were destroyed in an attack claimed by Yemen's Iran-aligned Houthi group, which has been battling a Saudi-led military coalition.


"We are all counting on President Xi as a great leader", he said. "There is no other plausible explanation", the statement read.

The Europeans warned sternly that the bombing of the oil facilities had raised the risk of a unsafe new conflict in the Middle East.

"A lot of things are going to happen", he said.

"In the event of an incident, you and we shall not remain alone".

"After his release, Americans thanked us but failed to reciprocate". Iran distanced itself from the attacks but said it was ready for "full-fledged" war.

Trump also accused Iran's leaders of fueling the wars in both Syria and Yemen, and of squandering their nation's wealth in a quest for nuclear weapons and the means to deliver them.


On Wednesday, Trump took steps to bar senior Iranian officials and their immediate family from entering the United States as immigrants or non-immigrants, the White House said in a proclamation.

The leaders of Germany and Japan also held meetings with Rohani and Trump at the United Nations, urging them to meet.

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Johnson is due to meet both Trump and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani separately this week at the U.N. General Assembly in NY.

A meeting between the arch-adversaries would be historic but also come under a political cloud, with Trump's Democratic rivals on Tuesday announcing an impeachment inquiry against him.

"A negotiation has to be for a reason, for an outcome, not just for a handshake".


With tensions high in the Persian Gulf, all eyes were on Iranian President Hassan Rouhani yesterday as he spoke on the second day of the United Nations General Assembly's annual gathering of world leaders.

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