Netanyahu, Trump hold phone call over Iran

Clay Curtis
July 15, 2019

So America is maximising, maximising the pressures, extending the areas of sanctions on a daily basis and simultaneously requesting and saying, claiming, that "I'm ready to negotiate with Iran".

Washington used the meeting to accuse Iran of nuclear "extortion" after it inched past the deal's limit on enrichment levels over the past week, while still offering to hold talks with Tehran.

"We have nothing to hide", Kazem Gharib Abadi told reporters after an emergency meeting of the International Atomic Energy Agency's (IAEA) 35-nation Board of Governors called by the United States.

During his meeting with Shamkhani, the Iranian official called the reduction of Iran's commitments under the nuclear deal as an "unchangeable strategy" that "will be continued in line with Articles 26 and 36 of the JCPOA until the full realization of Iran's rights".

Mikhail Ulyanov, permanent representative of the Russian Federation to the global organizations in Vienna, issued a statement after the meeting, pointing to the "oddity" that the United States, a country that declared the JCPOA to be a "terrible deal" and "took the path of its destruction" suddenly became aware of its importance and demanded its full implementation.

After waiting some 14 months following President Trump's decision a year ago to pull out of the JCPOA and re-impose sanctions, Iran began suspending one of its commitments under the deal every 60 days.

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Japan yesterday said it will gather information from the United States and carefully consider its response, The Washington Post reported.

In May 2018, US President Donald Trump pulled his country out of the JCPOA.

Argentina's IAEA Ambassador Rafael Grossi says the USA and Iran have worked themselves into a hard position.

Washington and its allies in the Gulf see Iran and its network of proxy forces in Yemen and Lebanon, as well as its strong ties with Syria, as the primary threat in the region and have worked together to isolate Teheran. Meanwhile, if the Israeli report is confirmed, it could provide the United States with evidence to convince other European countries to support a more aggressive strategy against Iran. They have come up with an alternate payment mechanism, the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges or INSTEX, meant to allow trade with Iran without exposing European companies to American sanctions. "You can not speak the language of force", he said.

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