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Rouhani rules out likelihood of 'direct' talks with US

Rouhani rules out likelihood of 'direct' talks with US”

Tankers have exploded, Iran have attacked and successfully destroyed U.S. surveillance and more American troops have been deployed to the region. It was some 45 nautical miles off the coast of Lebanon and Syria at the time.

U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a tweet on Saturday, "We have reliable information that the tanker is underway and headed to Tartus, Syria".

A lead analyst at the data firm Refinitiv quoted by Fox News said it was likely that the ship was delivering its cargo to Syria, since Damascus has historically taken a monthly delivery of 1 million barrels of crude oil from Iran.

An Iranian delegation was in Paris on Monday, including oil and finance officials, for talks to fine-tune details of credit lines that would give Iran some respite from sanctions that have crippled its economy and cut off its oil exports. "It is now safe to assume she is in Syria's territorial waters".

Iranian Automatic Identification Systems have regularly been switched off in the Mediterranean area, concealing cargo drop-off points off the Syrian coast.

"Today, all acknowledge that the resistance approach led to Iran's victory in issues of [US intruding] drone and ship [oil tanker]". The US recently declared the Guard a terrorist organization, giving it greater power to pursue seizing its assets.

Gibraltar seized and held the ship for weeks over concerns it was going to Syria despite European Union sanctions. They ultimately let it go after holding it for weeks.

Iran has called on the Europeans to accelerate their efforts and Mr. Rouhani stressed on Tuesday that Iran would take a third step in scaling back its nuclear commitments by Thursday unless the Europeans kept their promises to salvage the deal.

Under the nuclear accord, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), Iran was obliged to put limit on its nuclear activities in exchange for termination economic and financial sanctions.

The offer stood at 15 billion dollars that will be paid in installments.

Iran's President Hassan Rouhani speaks at parliament in the capital Tehran on September 3, 2019. As per Iran's official government website, he further added, "In principle, we do not want bilateral talks with the United States".

The French leader has been trying to convince the United States to offer Iran some sort of relief from sanctions it has imposed on the Islamic republic since pulling out of the deal in May previous year.

"However, if they fail to take any significant measure, we will definitely take the third step in the coming days", the president underlined.

U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew Washington in May 2018 from the JCPOA, which was reached between Iran and six world powers in 2015.

In follow-up to that deadline, on July 7 Iran announced that it has started enriching uranium to a higher purity than the 3.67% as the Europeans missed the 60-day deadline to devise a concrete mechanism to protect the country from the USA sanctions. "What happened? ... The Europeans are still not able to create a simple banking channel to let business between Iran and Europe, to let their own companies do business with Iran".



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