US Should Sanction 'To The Ground' EU Countries That Trade With Iran

Posted July 17, 2019

"Apparently, there are some in Europe who won't wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles land on European soil".

The statement made by Iranian lawmakers followed a meeting in Brussels, where European leaders discussed ways to push for Tehran and Washington start a dialogue.

Hunt said he held a "constructive call" with Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif and reassured him "our concern was the destination, not the origin, of the oil".

On Sunday, Tehran reiterated it would sit down and negotiate with the United States if Trump lifted the sanctions and returned to the nuclear deal.

"I will tell the Europeans, 'If you want to side with the Iranians, be my guest, but you won't use an American bank or do business with the American economy, '" Graham said. USA withdrawal from the deal would not be welcomed in Europe or in Asia.

Tensions have soared since Trump abandoned the accord, with the U.S. calling off air attacks against Iran at the last minute last month after Tehran shot down a United States drone.

The detention of Adelkhah, a well-known expert on Iran and Shiite Islam at France's prestigious Sciences Po university, risks increasing tension between Paris and Tehran at a critical moment in efforts to save a landmark 2015 nuclear deal. "If we wanted to develop nuclear weapons, we would have been able to do it a long time ago", Zarif said.

"We are always ready for negotiations".

Diplomats have that in any case they fear US blowback, while Iranian officials have repeatedly said Instex must include oil sales or provide substantial credit facilities for it to be beneficial. The statement added, "We strongly urge Iran to reverse its recent decisions" regarding their commitments under the JCPOA.

On the situation involving the seized Iranian vessel in Gibraltar, it is claimed he will add: "As I said to the Iranians this weekend, the detention of the Grace 1 was a Gibraltar-led enforcement of EU Syria sanctions".

In 2015, Iran and six major powers (five member states of the United Nations Security Council - Russia, the United States, France, the United Kingdom, China and Germany) agreed on the final Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, which particularly stipulated the removal of sanctions imposed on Tehran over its nuclear program.

A small oil tanker that has apparently gone missing in the Persian Gulf isn't owned or operated by the United Arab Emirates and hasn't sent out a distress call, a U.A.E official said.

The United States has issued statements suggesting it claimed worldwide support in effort isolate Iran, despite the other signatories of a 2015 nuclear deal calling on Washington to return to the agreement it abandoned a year ago.

Zarif offered an initially high price for such negotiations - the halt of USA arms sales to both Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates - but his comments marked the first time an Iranian official has mentioned even the possibility of talks on the Iranian missiles.

On July 8th, Iran announced that they have now produced enriched uranium of at least 4.5%, a level prohibited by the agreement.

In response, Iran recently begun surpassing uranium enrichment limits set by the agreement.