Trump, Netanyahu discuss Iran threat, sanctions in call: statements

An Iranian water storage tanker sails off the coast of Qeshm Island in the Strait of Hormuz one of the world's most important waterways

An Iranian water storage tanker sails off the coast of Qeshm Island in the Strait of Hormuz one of the world's most important waterways

The Trump administration has been pushing to reduce Iran's oil exports to zero as part of its policy of "maximum pressure" on Tehran amid the worsening standoff over Iran's nuclear program following the US' unilateral withdrawal from the agreement previous year.

"If Tehran returns to compliance with the deal, I'd rejoin the agreement", he said in a foreign-policy address in NY.

In its speech, the Saudi permanent delegation noted the Saudi position on the nuclear agreement with Iran in 2015 in which the Kingdom expressed the importance of a comprehensive global agreement on Iran's nuclear program that would prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons in any way. "It is imperative that this misbehavior not be rewarded, for if it is, Iran's demands and provocations will only escalate".

USA urges the other world powers who were part of the nuclear deal not to give in to Iran's "nuclear extortion".

Biden also mentioned the importance of the United States's "iron-clad commitment to Israel's security", regardless of disagreements with Jerusalem. The two leaders spoke on the phone Thursday to address the latest developments in the Middle East as well as regional security challenges.

"It is clear who breached the agreement; it was Donald Trump". Last week the Chinese received their first delivery of an Iranian oil cargo since the Trump administration in May scrapped exemptions on Iranian sanctions. "I see no reason why that can not be reinstituted".

China's continuing defiance would seem to undercut the Trump administration's claim that its efforts to squeeze Iran are working.

Inslee said the nuclear deal had been "containing Iran's nuclear ambitions, and it was being effective".

President Hassan Rouhani told a visiting French presidential envoy that Iran has left the door open for diplomacy on the 2015 nuclear deal.