- The administration of US President Donald Trump says the door is open to negotiating with Iran on a broader agreement on the nuclear issue and other security issues.
- Last week, the UN atomic agency confirmed that the Islamic Republic has once again enriched uranium above the levels set by the 2015 nuclear deal
- Germany, France and the United Kingdom expressed concern about the situation in the Persian Gulf and the future of nuclear agreement.
President Hassan Rohani is ready for negotiations with the United States in order to stop efforts to punish his country economically. Amid tensions between Washington and Tehran, Germany, France and the United Kingdom called for responsible action. Iranian President Hassan Rohani said on Sunday his country is ready to resume talks with the United States if Washington removes heavy economic sanctions against the country and returns to the 2015 nuclear deal.
“We always believe in conversations,” Rohani said. “If they remove the sanctions, end the economic pressure and come back to the agreement, we are ready to talk with America today, right now and anywhere, as long as they stop the intimidation and punishment,” Rouhani said in his Sunday speech.
The administration of US President Donald Trump says the door is open to negotiating with Iran on a broader agreement on the nuclear issue and other security issues. Tehran has imposed a condition on the release of its oil exports in the same volume before the United States withdrew last year from the 2015 nuclear deal signed by the two countries and Russia, China, the United Kingdom, France, and Germany.
“We have shifted our strategy of patience to retaliation. Whatever action the other side takes will retaliate,” said the Iranian leader. “If they reduce it, we will also reduce our commitments [with the nuclear agreement]. If they implement them, we will also implement our commitments.”
The tensions between Washington and Tehran have been intensifying. Last week, the UN atomic agency confirmed that the Islamic Republic has once again enriched uranium above the levels set by the 2015 nuclear deal after the reinstatement of heavy US sanctions against the country. Uranium enrichment above permissible levels could put Tehran on the path to developing nuclear weapons. The Iranians have already stated that they can raise levels of enrichment far beyond the terms of the agreement, which sets the ceiling at 3.67%.
The episode further exacerbated the tensions between Iran and the West, already heated after a recent attack on two oil tankers and the abduction of an American drone on the Strait of Hormuz being attributed to Iran, leaving the US close to carrying out an air attack targeting Iran, which has been canceled at the last minute .
Also on Sunday, the governments of Germany, France, and the United Kingdom expressed concern about the situation in the Persian Gulf and the future of the nuclear agreement. “We believe that the time has come to act responsibly and to seek ways to end tensions and restart dialogue,” said the statement signed by leaders of the three countries.
The statement was signed after French President Emmanuel Macron received German Chancellor Angela Merkel and British Prime Minister David Lidington at the Bastille Day celebrations in Paris. “Risks are so large that it takes all stakeholders to pause and consider the possible consequences of their actions,” it says.
“We are concerned that JCPoA (the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan, the official name of the nuclear agreement with Iran) is further dismantled under the weight of US-imposed sanctions and following Iran’s decision not to implement provisions of the treaty, “the Europeans said.
All three countries have warned against “deteriorating security in the region” and ensured that support for the agreement will be maintained.