Tag: US-Iran tensions
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif would reportedly visit China, Japan and Malaysia fresh on the heels of a tour of Western European nations.
The tests showcase 'non-stop movements' towards the growth of Iran's deterrent power, according to the country's Revolutionary Guards commander.
China has traditionally played a small role in Middle East conflicts or diplomacy despite its reliance on regional oil but has increased its profile under President Xi Jinping.
'War with Iran is the mother of all wars,' says President Hassan Rouhani.
A British security source says the focus of the new mission would be protecting the security of shipping, and that Britain would not be joining US sanctions against Iran.
Tensions are soaring after the Trump administration stepped up a US campaign of 'maximum pressure' against Iran, with drones downed and tankers mysteriously attacked in Gulf waters.
'This will likely heighten, not reduce, the threat posed by ballistic missiles,' he says.
A senior US official reiterates that Trump is open to talks with Iran, but says the administration does not consider Zarif to be a key decision-maker.
'It is France's role to make every effort to ensure that all parties agree to a break and open negotiations,' says the French presidency.
British authorities detained an Iranian tanker off the UK overseas territory of Gibraltar in early July on allegations it was breaching EU sanctions on Syria.
An Iranian government spokesman says Iran believed the security of the oil-rich Gulf had to be maintained by countries in the region.
India's foreign ministry did not give details of the release of the men.
Iran would take action if the status of the strait were altered, and that no country would be allowed to ship oil through it unless all countries can, says an aide of Ayatollah Ali Khamenei.
A statement from the Shin Bet did not give the number or identities of suspects or say if any had been arrested or charged.
The United States sanctioned the company, Zhuhai Zhenrong Co Ltd because it 'knowingly engaged in a significant transaction for the purchase or acquisition of crude oil from Iran.'
Trump makes the comments to reporters at the White House amid heightened tensions between Tehran and Western powers.
The move comes amid increased tensions between Iran and the West as well as between the United States and China, which have restarted major trade talks.
The storage allows Iran to keep pumping and move oil nearer to potential buyers.
Iran's announcement follows Washington's statement that it had shot down an Iranian drone, which Tehran denies.
The announcement comes as Iran-US tensions soar after the US withdrew unilaterally from a landmark 2015 nuclear deal and reimposed economic sanctions on the Islamic republic.
Gibraltar says the Iranian vessel was suspected of smuggling oil to Syria in breach of European Union sanctions.
'All drones belonging to Iran... returned safely to their bases after their mission of identification and control,' says an Iranian senior armed forces spokesman.
It is unclear if the impounded ship is the same vessel Iran had towed to safety on Sunday after sending a distress signal.
Japanese officials will attend a briefing in Washington on the proposal, and it could be on the agenda when US national security adviser John Bolton visits Tokyo next week.