Published: Fri, July 06, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

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US Commanders Vow to Keep Gulf Waterway Open After Iran Comments

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani had Thursday told French President Emmanuel Macron by phone that the European offer of economic measures did "not meet all our demands", Iran's state news agency IRNA reported.

Zarif made the statement on Friday after meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from countries that are still signatories to the multinational deal following the US' unilateral withdrawal in May.

After the plot was uncovered, Netanyahu urged European countries to call off planned talks with Iran over preserving the nuclear deal.

Germany's foreign minister said on Friday world powers would not be able to fully compensate for companies leaving Iran due to new USA sanctions, but warned Tehran that abandoning its nuclear deal would cause more harm to its economy.

While the other signatories have vowed to stay in the accord, dozens of European, Russian, and Asian companies have announced plans to pull out of Iran for fear of incurring US penalties when sanctions are reimposed in November.

Asked about the Iranian threat to the strait, Chinese Assistant Foreign Minister Chen Xiaodong said that China and Arab countries had close communications about Middle East peace, including the Iran issue.

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Speaking on July 6, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was unlikely European powers would be able to put together an economic package for Iran that would salvage its nuclear deal before November and warned Tehran to stop threatening to break its commitments to the accord. "For the start August, it seems a bit short, but we are trying to do it by November", he said.

On Wednesday, the Iranian President Hassan Rouhani also warned Washington against intervening into Iran's oil trade and threatened the U.S. with "consequences", even though he did not name any specific measures. This was extrapolated by USA officials as a threaten to shut down all regional oil shipping, when it could just as easily be interpreted as noting that Iran can basically export its oil under the guise of it coming from other regional countries, which is common behavior during sanctions.

Heading in to the talks, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas conceded that the treaty nations would not be able to compensate Iran entirely for the loss of business from companies withdrawing, but said they would advise firms that want to continue investing and emphasize to Iran that leaving the deal "would have much greater disadvantages". "Do this if you can and see its consequences", Rouhani said in Bern of Switzerland during a visit.

"It is easier said than done", he said, adding that the Europeans alone "undoubtedly" do not have enough enough political means to protect the Iran deal from United States pressure.

The head of Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Thursday their forces were ready to implement Iran's threat to block the Strait of Hormuz and that if Iran can not sell its oil under the US pressure, no other regional country will be allowed to.

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