Iran links seizing tankers to nuclear deal

Iran linked for the first time on Sunday the British seizure of an Iranian oil tanker in the stalled nuclear deal, describing it as illegal and violation of the Convention, according to the New York Times.

By establishing this linkage, it appears that Iran is trying to to put pressure on Europeans to take advantage of the promised financial benefits of the 2015 agreement known as the Joint Comprehensive Action Plan (J.C.P.O.A).

"Since Iran has the right to export its oil according to the joint work plan, any obstacle in the way of exporting Iranian oil is actually against JCPOA and against the nuclear deal," Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghji said after emergency talks in Vienna with other parties to the agreement. "He said.

According to the newspaper, all parties agreed to maintain the nuclear deal and continue to implement J.C.P.O.A. "All sides have expressed strong opposition to unilateral US sanctions," said Fu Hong, China's representative to the talks. According to Fu, sometimes during the talks there were "tense moments".

"I think the atmosphere was constructive and the discussions were good," said Iran's ambassador, Araghji. "But I cannot say we analyzed everything." He noted that preparations for another ministerial-level meeting were under consideration, but no date had been set. He stressed that the mechanism of barter "does not work so far, but it is in its final stages."

Britain, France, Germany, Russia, China and Iran have been trying to salvage the historic pact since the United States withdrew in May 2018 and re-impose sanctions on Tehran.



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