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Iran's president: Reducing nuclear commitments is a 'minimum' measure

Top News2019-06-20

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday pulling out of some commitments under the nuclear deal was a “minimum” measure that Tehran could adopt a year after the United States withdrew from the accord and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.In a speech broadcast on state television, Rouhani said Iran will not negotiate with the United States under pressure, and that Iran has “always protected” the Strait of Hormuz.Worries about a military confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the attacks but Tehran denied any responsibility.The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday that there will not be any military confrontation between Iran and the United States, according to the state news agency IRNA.There will not be a military confrontation between Iran and America since there is no reason for a war. Accusing other countries has turned into a common practice among U.S. officials as they try to pressure other countries, he said.The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran, while stressing that the U.S. pressure campaign against Tehran would continue.President Trump does not want war, and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region, Pompeo told reporters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida after meeting with senior military officers.Pompeo reiterated that U.S. pressure on Iran has been effective and would continue.Trump, however, said in an interview with TIME on Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but was ambiguous about the prospect of using force to protect international energy supplies.The Pentagon announced on Monday the deployment about 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East for for defensive purposes.Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday in a broadcast speech on state television that Iran will not wage war against any nation, adding that U.S. efforts to isolate Iran have been unsuccessful.Despite the fact that the Trump administration has repeatedly claimed the United States does not seek conflict with Iran and the military deployment only serves as a deterrence, analysts still worry that unintended incidents and miscalculations between Washington and Tehran might ultimately trigger military conflicts.(CGTN)

Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani said on Wednesday pulling out of some commitments under the nuclear deal was a “minimum” measure that Tehran could adopt a year after the United States withdrew from the accord and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

In a speech broadcast on state television, Rouhani said Iran will not negotiate with the United States under pressure, and that Iran has “always protected” the Strait of Hormuz.

Worries about a military confrontation between Iran and the United States have mounted since attacks last week on two oil tankers near the Gulf. Washington blamed long-time foe Iran for the attacks but Tehran denied any responsibility.

The secretary of Iran's Supreme National Security Council Ali Shamkhani said on Wednesday that there will not be any military confrontation between Iran and the United States, according to the state news agency IRNA.

There will not be a military confrontation between Iran and America since there is no reason for a war. Accusing other countries has turned into a common practice among U.S. officials as they try to pressure other countries, he said.

The U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Tuesday that President Donald Trump does not want war with Iran, while stressing that the U.S. pressure campaign against Tehran would continue.

President Trump does not want war, and we will continue to communicate that message while doing the things that are necessary to protect American interests in the region, Pompeo told reporters at MacDill Air Force Base in Florida after meeting with senior military officers.

Pompeo reiterated that U.S. pressure on Iran has been effective and would continue.

Trump, however, said in an interview with TIME on Monday that he might take military action to prevent Iran from getting a nuclear weapon, but was ambiguous about the prospect of using force to protect international energy supplies.

The Pentagon announced on Monday the deployment about 1,000 additional troops to the Middle East for for defensive purposes.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday in a broadcast speech on state television that Iran will not wage war against any nation, adding that U.S. efforts to isolate Iran have been unsuccessful.

Despite the fact that the Trump administration has repeatedly claimed the United States does not seek conflict with Iran and the military deployment only serves as a deterrence, analysts still worry that unintended incidents and miscalculations between Washington and Tehran might ultimately trigger military conflicts.

(CGTN)

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