Iran president renews ultimatum over compliance with nuclear pact

XI Rouhani

XI Rouhani

Rouhani made no mention of attacks on two tankers in the Gulf of Oman this week which Washington has blamed on Tehran, raising concern about new confrontation.

Rouhani will leave Bishkek for Dushanbe on the second leg of his trip to attend the Conference on Interaction and Confidence-Building Measures in Asia (CICA).

Talks between the USA and Iran have also stalled over the endangered nuclear deal, leading the United States president to issue threatening tweets saying threats from Iran would mean the country's "official end" after Iran announced its partial withdrawal from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) in May, one year after the U.S. withdrew from the deal and re-imposed sanctions on Iran.

Michael McCaul says Iran's attack on the oil tankers is a direct response to US imposed economic sanctions. Tehran has denied having any role.

"Obviously, Iran can not stick to this agreement unilaterally".

Since the US unilaterally withdrew from the accord in 2018, Russia, China, Britain, France and Germany are the only remaining partners to the pact.

Russian President Vladimir Putin said Moscow would adhere to the agreement and urged other signatories to follow suit. We believe the only sensible decision is for all deal participants to honor their commitments.

The Iranian president didn't specify what Tehran's next steps would be if the remaining signatories do not take action.

Tehran has said in May that, unless world powers protected its economy from USA sanctions within 60 days, Iran would start enriching uranium at higher level.

The European signatories to the 2015 deal, which aimed to ease fears of an Iranian nuclear ambition, have said they wanted to save it, but many of their companies have cancelled deals with Tehran due to the financial pressure from the United States.