Published: Tue, July 16, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran threatens to return to conditions before 2015 nuke deal: spokesman

Iran threatens to return to conditions before 2015 nuke deal: spokesman

Despite the restrictions, the decision to admit Zarif is the latest sign that President Donald Trump's administration appears to be retreating from its vow to place sanctions on Zarif as part of its "maximum pressure" campaign on Iran.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif gestures as he stands in an office as he meets with the diplomatic advisor to the French president in the capital Tehran on July 10, 2019.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said Iran's recent moves to surpass mutually agreed limits from the deal were only "a bad reaction following a bad decision - which was the United States decision to withdraw from the accord and put sanctions into place".

Iran has long said its nuclear program was exclusively for peaceful purposes, and it won badly needed relief from sanctions in return for limiting its nuclear activity far below what would be needed to make a weapon.

Iran's mission to the United Nations said Zarif had arrived in NY, where he is to attend a ministerial meeting at the United Nations on sustainable development goals, which aim to tackle issues including conflict, hunger, gender equality and climate change by 2030.

Iranian officials haven't said anything publicly about the Riah, nor have officials in the U.A.E.

Considered a target for blacklisting by the Trump administration, Zarif was issued with his visa by the U.S. Embassy in the Swiss capital Bern. We have an 82 million population. Saudi Arabia - with less than half of [Iran's] population - spent $67bn, a lot of them are American [arms].

"These are American weaponry that is going into our region, making our region ready to explode", Zarif said. "So if they want to talk about our missiles, they need first to stop selling all these weapons including missiles to our region".

At the time of her release, French judicial authorities freed Ali Vakili Rad, who had been convicted of the 1991 murder of the ousted shah's former prime minister, Shapour Bakhtiar, near Paris. Who is invading Bahrain? Are we involved at all in North Africa? Why do you have chaos in Libya? Is Iran involved in Sudan? Why do we have all this turmoil?

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"U.S. diplomats don't roam around Tehran, so we don't see any reason for Iranian diplomats to roam freely around New York City, either", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo told The Washington Post on Sunday.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said on June 24 that sanctions against Zarif would come later that week.

Since May, at least six vessels have been attacked near the strait, the world's most important oil choke point, in incidents that the United States has blamed on Iran. "And they're always welcome to return".

In a statement, the so-called E3 expressed concern the deal was at risk of further unravelling but said it was up to Iran to ensure its survival.

In May, Washington also sent warships, bombers and thousands of additional troops to the Gulf, citing unspecified threats from Iran.

After speaking with Hunt, the Iranian foreign minister said Iran should be allowed to sell oil to any country it wished, branding the United Kingdom seizure of Grace 1 nothing short of an act of piracy, as Iranian government sources insisted the tanker was not bound for Syria.

President Trump's Iran Policy Challenged video player. But he warned: "Of course when there is tension, there is tension for everybody".

The disappearance was first reported by CNN's Barbara Starr, who said USA intelligence increasingly believed the tanker had been forced into Iranian waters by the Revolutionary Guard but that some Gulf sources suggested the ship simply broke down and was towed by Iran.

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