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Iran vows ‘CONSEQUENCES’ if U.S. undermines Tehran’s oil trade as tensions mount

04 July 2018, 03:49 | Cedric Leonard

Washington is stepping up pressure on all countries including India and China to completely stop buying oil from Iran by November 4

Washington is stepping up pressure on all countries including India and China to completely stop buying oil from Iran by November 4

The arrests were revealed on the day Iranian President Hassan Rouhani arrived in Switzerland on a visit that Tehran said was of "crucial importance" for cooperation between the Islamic Republic and Europe after the USA withdrawal from the Iranian nuclear agreement.

Afshin Shahi, senior lecturer in Middle East politics at the University of Bradford, said Rouhani was in a "desperate position" to "seek any reassurance possible from anybody in Europe".

Iran's foreign minister dismissed the attack plot as a "false flag ploy" created to overshadow Rouhani's tour.

The apparent foiled attack was to have targeted a meeting of thousands of Iranian opposition supporters in a northern suburb of the French capital that was also attended by leading USA figures, including close allies of President Donald Trump.

A day earlier, Iran's ambassador in Vienna was summoned to the ministry and asked to help clarify the situation, a statement said.

Belgian prosecutors identified the couple as 38-year-old Amir S. and 33-year-old Nasimeh N. and charged them with attempted terrorist murder and preparing a terrorist act for plotting to bomb a Saturday meeting of the National Council of Resistance of Iran.

These moves follow US President Donald Trump's decision in May to withdraw the United States from the Iran nuclear deal, which removed sanctions against the Islamic Republic in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program.

The nuclear deal has been the cornerstone of Rouhani's policy of greater openness with the West, and the USA move has seen him severely criticised by ultra-conservatives at home.

Referring to claims that Iran is spending its income on sponsoring those whom the Americans call terrorists, President Rouhani said "we will continue to be transparent".

The U.S.is expected to put pressure on allies and other countries in the coming months to divest from Iranian oil exports by November 4, a senior State Department official said last week.

Rouhani is scheduled to attend a meeting on Tuesday with the Swiss chamber of commerce on innovation in the health sector.

There will be a similar focus on finances in Vienna, where the Iranian president is expected to sign memorandums on economic cooperation according to Austrian media.

Rouhani said the new US pressure would never succeed. His Austrian counterpart, Alexander Van der Bellen, told APA that "the European Union will continue to work for the continuation of the nuclear agreement as long as Iran also keeps its commitments".

A large bulk of Iran's oil revenues and banking ties will be at stake if neither can be protected by the EU.

Despite the space Washington is prepared to grant these and other nations working with Iran, Hook insisted the Trump administration would not provide exemptions and was intent with fully charging forward with its current plan.

The accord, forged during the Obama administration, is still being honored by the other signatories - Russia, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and China.

The foreign minister on June 24th warned that failing to save the nuclear deal would be "very dangerous" for Tehran.

Increasing the pressure on Iran's European partners, he ordered preparations be made to quickly restart nuclear activities in case talks collapse.

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