KSA takes a firm stand against Iran's nuclear program


Trump and Netanyahu spoke on the telephone on Wednesday, with the U.S. president warning on Twitter of forthcoming "substantially" increased sanctions against Tehran over its announcement that it had exceeded a limit on enriched uranium reserves under the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Netanyahu has been a vocal opponent of the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and the world powers. "Sanctions will soon be increased, substantially!" he added.

Trump took the chance Wednesday to repeat hollow threats against Tehran, accusing the country of violating the nuclear deal.

Tensions between Washington and Tehran have soared in recent weeks, with the United States blaming Iran for multiple attacks on tanker ships, and the Islamic republic shooting down an American surveillance drone.

President Donald Trump threatened on Wednesday to ratchet up sanctions on Iran and again denounced the 2015 nuclear deal Iran reached with world powers, from which the US president withdrew in May 2018. Iran is voicing a rather generic demand of seeing economic benefits from staying in the deal, "which is very unlikely in the present circumstances", he says.

"The JCPOA is not re-negotiable", he said Wednesday.

"So I don't see any way out of this", he says.

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Iran and Russian Federation poured scorn on America's call for Tehran to adhere to limits in a 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, at a special meeting of the UN's nuclear watchdog.

Trump administration officials seem particularly hostile to Zarif, possibly because of his use of Twitter to taunt them as a "B-team" of second-raters who "despise diplomacy, and thirst for war".

Rather than renew sanctions waivers to allow nations such as China and India to keep buying Iran's oil, Washington could just turn a blind eye to continued purchases, the former USA officials said.

"Views differed among the other parties to the deal Russia, China, Germany, France, Britain and the European Union and the meeting failed to draw a unified conclusion as Russia and China said the US had breached the deal by pulling out and imposing sanctions".

One would be to allow a quiet stabilization of Iran's oil exports, which stood at 2.5 million barrels per day (bpd) before Trump abandoned the deal and have since fallen to about 300,000 bpd since Trump's May decision to try to drive them to zero.

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 worldwide agreement on Iran's nuclear program that would prevent it from acquiring nuclear weapons in any way.