- 28 Jun '19 at 2:52 am #21099Helmholtz WatsonParticipant
With world leaders heading to Japan and an…
[article]1578[/article]28 Jun '19 at 7:40 pm #21107TrumanParticipant
Iran says Progress made today will be enough to stop our process but the decision will made in Tehran.
Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi was speaking after almost four hours of talks with senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russia.
“It was a step forward, but it is still not enough and not meeting Iran’s expectations,” Araqchi told reporters.
“I don’t think the progress made today will be enough to stop our process but the decision will made in Tehran.”
He said the Europeans had told the meeting that the Instex trade mechanism had been made operational, with the first transactions already processed, but that this was still insufficient because European countries were not buying Iranian oil, the key demand for it to stay in the 2015 nuclear deal.
“For Instex to be useful for Iran, Europeans need to buy oil or consider credit lines for this mechanism otherwise Instex is not like they or us expect,” he said.
Instex had now been widened to include more European countries beyond France, Britain and Germany, known as the E3, Araqchi said.
A European diplomat confirmed that the mechanism was now operational but the E3 have yet to make an official announcement.
In a joint statement earlier on Friday, Austria, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain and Sweden, said they were working with the E3 to develop trade mechanisms.
Araqchi said all the parties in Vienna had agreed to hold a ministerial meeting “very soon”.28 Jun '19 at 9:41 pm #21110Helmholtz WatsonParticipant
U.S. officials now believe Saudi oil pipelines attacked by drones attacks were launched from Iraq not Yemen. This raises fresh concerns about Iran-backed groups in Iraqi territory via WSJ @michaelkamon
The May 14 drone attacks were originally thought to originate from Yemen, where Houthi rebels had claimed credit for causing damage to a major oil pipeline stretching hundreds of miles across Saudi Arabia. But U.S. officials familiar with the intelligence said the attacks had originated in southern Iraq, most likely implicating Iran-backed militias with a strong presence there.
The U.S. conveyed its assessment to Iraqi officials in a memo, and Mr. Pompeo raised the issue in a phone call earlier this month with Iraqi Prime Minister Adel Abdul-Mahdi, according to people familiar with the discussions. U.S. officials want Baghdad to do more to rein in Iranian-allied militias that have grown in power since they helped win the war against Islamic State, including preventing them from using Iraqi territory as a launchpad for attacks against the American military or its allies.28 Jun '19 at 10:50 pm #21113TradersComKeymaster
Special EU channel to allow trade with Iran, circumvent US sanctions is now operational – statement
A special trade channel that will allow European firms to bypass American sanctions on Iran has come as result of the meeting between the countries who singed the nuclear deal ditched by US.
The EU called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) a “key element of global nuclear non-proliferation.”
The trade mechanism, dubbed Instex, was announced operational by French, British and German officials on Friday at a joint meeting between signatories to the nuclear deal, known formally as the JCPOA.
Joint Statement on Support for the JCPOA
Diplomatic statement | 28-06-2019
Austria, Belgium, Finland, the Netherlands, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden attach the utmost importance to the preservation of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), signed by Iran and unanimously endorsed by the UN Security Council, as a key instrument for the non-proliferation regime and a major contribution to stability in the region.
Aware of the difficulties to implement the economic part of the agreement, we are working with France, Germany and the United Kingdom, as well as with the European External Action Service and the European Commission, to establish channels to facilitate legitimate trade and financial operations with Iran, one of the foremost of these initiatives being the establishment of Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX).
In that context, it is crucial for the Islamic Republic of Iran to abide by and fully respect the terms and provisions of the nuclear agreement.02 Jul '19 at 2:18 am #21131TrumanParticipant
[size=5]US Responds To Iran going over limit for uranium enrichment[/size]
“There is no reason for Iran to increase its enrichment unless it’s part of an effort to reduce the breakout time to produce nuclear weapons.” John Bolton
Statement from the Press Secretary
Issued on: July 1, 2019
The Iranian regime took action today to increase its uranium enrichment. It was a mistake under the Iran nuclear deal to allow Iran to enrich uranium at any level. There is little doubt that even before the deal’s existence, Iran was violating its terms. We must restore the longstanding nonproliferation standard of no enrichment for Iran. The United States and its allies will never allow Iran to develop nuclear weapons.
Maximum pressure on the Iranian regime will continue until its leaders alter their course of action. The regime must end its nuclear ambitions and its malign behavior.
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