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Why is pressure mounting between the US and Iran?

Why is pressure mounting between the US and Iran?

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif criticized the Thursday's statement of European countries on JCPOA, urging them to abide by the global accord.

Earlier in the day, European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, as well as the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the United Kingdom, issued a joint statement voicing deep concern over Tehran's decision to partially discontinue obligations under the 2015 nuclear deal, reaffirming their full commitment to the accord.

"We remain fully committed to the preservation and full implementation of the JCPoA", the statement says, calling on Iran "to continue to implement its commitments under the JCPoA in full as it has done until now and to refrain from any escalatory steps".

French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel have cautioned against an escalation in the dispute over Iran's nuclear deal after Tehran said it would stop abiding by parts of the deal and U.S. President Donald Trump said he was open to talks with Iranian leaders.

This message might have confused some of the demonstrators since the regime spent the past year blaming USA sanctions for Iran's poor economy and tried claiming the sanctions hindered Tehran's efforts to cope with deadly floods last month.

"We reject any ultimatums and we will assess Iran's compliance on the basis of Iran's performance regarding its nuclear-related commitments under the JCPOA".

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Iran announced this week that it is changing a key term of the Iran nuclear deal - and plans to make an even more dramatic change in 60 days if partners don't ease conditions. "Iran must remain in the agreement, and we must do everything so that it remains in it", Macron stated.

The Trump administration immediately retaliated, expanding sanctions on Iran after Tehran said it would fiddle with a deal that the Trump administration thinks should be null and void.

The United States said it was not finished imposing sanctions on Iran and planned more "very soon". However, Iran suspends fulfilling a number of commitments in the nuclear deal because other parties to the deal don't fulfill their commitments, he noted. According to sources close to the matter, Intelligence was warned Tehran approved proxy forces to attack USA personnel and assets in the region. "But Iran's forty years of killing American soldiers, attacking American facilities, and taking American hostages is a constant reminder that we must defend ourselves", Pompeo said in a statement released Thursday.

The crisis with Iran comes at a sensitive moment in the wider Middle East. The cabinet officials met outside the White House Situation Room, which is reportedly extremely rare.

The USS Abraham Lincoln sails south in the Suez canal near Ismailia, Thursday, May 9, 2019. The state MENA news agency said the USA defense attache in Cairo, Gen. Ralph Groover, traveled to the Suez Canal area to check on the status of the US warship.

Rouhani said that Iran doesn't abandon the JCPoA.


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