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Iran Shows “The Greatest Restraint” in the Face of US Tensions: Zarif

TEHRAN – Iran remains committed to its obligations under an international nuclear deal despite the withdrawal of the United States from the historic agreement, Irani foreign minister said Thursday calling the re-imposition of US sanctions unacceptable, The National reported.
“The escalation by the United States is unacceptable,” Zarif said in Tokyo, in Talks with Japanese officials.
“We are showing the utmost restraint … despite the withdrawal of the United States from JCPOA last May,” he added, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Action Plan.
Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif spoke at a meeting with his Japanese counterpart as tensions mount in the Middle East, fueling concern that the United States and Iran are moving towards a conflict.
Iran is exercising “maximum restraint despite the withdrawal of the United States from the JCPOA last May,” Zarif said at the start of his meeting with Japanese Foreign Minister Taro Kono.
He was referring to the joint global action plan signed in 2015 by the United States, Iran and other countries, under which Iran limited its uranium enrichment capacity and obtained sanctions in return.
President Donald Trump has pulled the United States out of last year’s deal and is tightening sanctions against Iran, to stifle its economy by ending its international crude oil sales. Japan was a major buyer of Iranian oil for decades before the sanctions.
An attack against four oilmen in the Gulf on Sunday, no one has claimed responsibility, and Saudi Arabia’s announcement on Tuesday that armed drones hit two of its oil pumping stations has compounded concerns over the war.
The United States on Wednesday withdrew staff from its embassy in Iraq, apparently fearing threats from Iran. US sources said they believed Iran had encouraged attacks on tankers.
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“We think the escalation by the United States is unacceptable and unjustified,” Zarif told Kono to reporters before they closed.
Nevertheless, Iran has eased restrictions on its nuclear program and has threatened to take measures that could violate the nuclear deal, although the initial measures do not appear to violate the agreement.
“I fear that the situation in the Middle East will become very tense,” Prime Minister Shinzo Abe told Zarif at a subsequent meeting.
Kono said it was essential to maintain the nuclear deal and urged Iran to continue to implement it, echoing other countries.
(Sahar News Monitoring Desk)

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