Iran Rally In Support Of Partial Deal Withdrawal

Iran Rally In Support Of Partial Deal Withdrawal

Iran Rally In Support Of Partial Deal Withdrawal

On May 8 President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would suspend the sale of surplus enriched uranium and heavy water and gave European powers, Russia, and China 60 days to buck USA pressure and ensure that Iran receives the financial normalization the deal provides.

CNN reported on Friday that the White House had passed a telephone number to the Swiss for contacting U.S. President Donald Trump in case Iranian officials wanted to hold talks.

"But I do not despair and have great hope for the future and believe that we can move past these hard conditions provided that we are united", he said.

The commander of Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps said Sunday that the United States "does not have the ability" to wage war against Iran.

The US said the moves were a response to a possible threat to US forces in the region by Iran, without specifying.

During recent days USA officials have said that they have intelligence about new threats from Iran, so they have hastened the deployment of USS Abraham Lincoln, as well as B-52 bombers and a battery of Patriot missiles to the Persian Gulf.

But regardless of whether Iran meets the new deadlines, Western financial institutions and those that have dealings with the American banking system will presumably remain wary of participating in the Instex scheme out of fear that they may come under penalty from the US.

Amid the rising tensions, Trump said on Thursday he was open to talks with Tehran's leadership.

Udall has been vocal in his protests against the Trump administration's warmongering policies toward Iran. A few week ago, Iran's minister of industries said that, out of $30 billion of non-oil exports, Iran has been able only to access $10 billion.

Thus, war could occur as a result of either Tehran's nerves giving way and the Islamic Revolutionary Guards (IRGC) doing something stupid, triggering an American response, a false flag operation by Iran's regional rivals, or by a USA surprise attack.

While Iran has always denied its nuclear program had a military component, its uranium enrichment activities had been controversial because Western powers said it could potentially be used in bombmaking, so the threat to abandon limits drew another round of USA sanctions, this time on Iranian metals.

If Iranian President Hassan Rouhani makes good on his threats, including for example to restart work on the Arak heavy-water reactor, then Bolton will go all the way.

Apart from sanctions on Iran's banking sector and oil exports, the U.S. also recently blacklisted its elite paramilitary force, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), as a terrorist organisation.

USA sanctions - particularly those on the energy, shipping and financial sectors - have hit oil exports and caused foreign investment to dry up.

The US build-up in this region is, all too clearly, meant to deflect domestic and global attention to major Trump regime foreign policy failures both in this region and elsewhere. However, a build-up of "deterrent forces" around Iran is necessary so that the United States could respond if Iran "decided to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, or any place in the Middle East".

We urge European leaders to take such threats seriously, and to stand tall in the face of Iran's nefarious intentions.

These included oil production infrastructure, after Tehran threatened to close the vital Strait of Hormuz chokepoint through which about a fifth of oil consumed globally passes.

European officials say Iran's tougher stance has left room for diplomacy, as it gives time to respond and threatens only a partial renewal of nuclear activity rather than a wholesale repudiation of the deal.

On Friday, the Pentagon announced it would be returning a Patriot missile battery to the wider Mideast, as well as sending the USS Arlington, an amphibious warship carrying U.S. Marines.

Decades-old B-52 bombers rumble down runways at desert air bases. First, Iran's Supreme Leader admonished Iranians that since the enemy-read America-is in war mode, Iran, too, should prepare for war (Arayesh Jangi Begirad).