US sanctions network selling materials for Iran nuclear program

US sanctions network selling materials for Iran nuclear program

The downing of the drone comes at a time of mounting tensions in the Gulf region between the United States and Iran which has been slapped with a raft of sanctions by the Trump administration.

Tensions have been rising between the USA and Iran since May 2018, when Washington unilaterally withdrew from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Tehran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council plus Germany and the EU.

"If the foreign minister has suggested that the Majlis (the Iranian Parliament) would ratify the Additional Protocol now, that is a serious step", said Ms Wendy Sherman, a former Obama administration official who negotiated the 2015 nuclear deal.

What is not part of the equation are under-the-radar contacts between governments that diplomats and regional experts say are a key part of keeping tense relations from spilling over into a hot conflict that neither side appears to want.

Tehran announced on July 1 that it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted under its 2015 nuclear deal with world powers, marking its first major step beyond the terms of the pact since the United States withdrew more than a year ago. "This is the latest of many provocative and hostile actions by Iran against vessels operating in global waters", he said. He said Washington would maintain the tough economic sanctions regime in the meantime.

The Islamic Republic denied the report and on Friday Iranian state television aired what said was footage disproving that the U.S. Navy had destroyed the drone over the Strait of Hormuz, through which tankers take Gulf oil to world markets.

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The United States will destroy any Iranian drones that fly "too close" to its ships in the Strait of Hormuz and has evidence that it shot down a drone on Thursday, a senior Trump administration official said on Friday.

Trump has kept up the pressure on Iran and called the U.K a "very great ally" while speaking with reporters earlier in the afternoon, adding that they have an "agreement" with them.

Washington is trying to force Tehran to agree to stricter limits on its nuclear capacity, curb its ballistic missile program and end support for proxy forces in a regional power struggle with USA -backed Gulf Arab states.

This week, Zarif criticized US foreign policies and told reporters during his visit to the United Nations headquarters in NY that the onus is on the United States to ease tensions with Iran.

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