Published: Thu, July 05, 2018
Global | By Enrique Rogers

General Soleimani Lauds Rouhani’s ‘Timely’ Remarks against US, Israel

General Soleimani Lauds Rouhani’s ‘Timely’ Remarks against US, Israel

Rouhani also met the head of the Vienna-based International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), which is policing the restrictions the deal places on Iran's atomic activities in exchange for sanctions relief.

In a letter to Rouhani on Wednesday, General Soleimani said it was a source of pride and honour to read his comment that if Iran's oil is not allowed to be exported through the Persian Gulf, then there will be no guarantee that other countries in the region would be able to export theirs.

"The Americans say they want to reduce Iranian oil exports to zero".

India, Iran's second-biggest customer, struck a defiant tone last month after the Trump administration unilaterally pulled out of the Iran deal, saying it only respects United Nations sanctions, though it slightly reduced Iranian purchases this spring ahead of the US decision to pull out of the pact.

Washington has been pressuring its allies to halt all purchases of Iranian oil by November 4.

"These are exaggerated statements that can never be implemented", Rouhani told reporters in Bern, after holding talks with Swiss authorities on a range of issues, including the nuclear deal.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday that Iran would remain in a landmark nuclear deal with world powers, despite the withdrawal of the United States - but only if other countries can "guarantee Iran's interests".

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Hanegbi's remarks came before senior diplomats from Iran, Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation meet in Vienna on Friday, aiming to safeguard a pact reached in 2015.

India is looking at the possibility of falling back on the rupee-rial arrangement for importing oil from Iran in the wake of USA sanctions on buying oil from the Persian Gulf nation, official sources said Wednesday. This US government will not stay in office forever.

The exchange prompted the United States military to issue reassurances that the Gulf trade routes would be defended from any attack or Iranian threat.

Iranian state media reported on Tuesday that Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will be in Vienna, Austria for the talks. But Britain, China, France, Germany, Russia and the European Union have vowed to keep the pact alive despite Washington's withdrawal.

Switzerland - where significant parts of the pact known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were negotiated - will work to ensure that future United States sanctions do not target any humanitarian goods, Bern said in a statement. "You made our dear Leader, the great nation of the Islamic Iran, and the world's Muslims proud by making such valuable and strong statements", he added.

Hook said US officials are traveling around the world meeting with American allies to try to persuade them to cooperate with the sanctions.

The EU's foreign service, the EEAS, was not immediately available for comment on the meeting. On Saturday, Trump wrote on Twitter that he had received assurances from King Salman of Saudi Arabia that the kingdom will increase oil production, "maybe up to 2,000,000 barrels" in response to turmoil in Iran and Venezuela.

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