Iran revives ultimatum over INF Treaty amidst tanker attack tensions: President Rouhani

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Tehran, June 15: Iran will continue withdrawing its compliances with its commitment under the landmark 2015 international nuclear agreement unless other signatories express “positive signals”, President Hassan Rouhani said in a meeting held with Chinese, Russian and other Asian leaders on Friday in Tajikistan.

Iran ceased complying with its commitments in the International Nuclear Forces (INF) Treaty in May that was signed with world powers, a year after President Donald Trump withdrew the United States from the international accord and imposed sanctions.

In May, Tehran said it would begin enriching uranium at an above level unless global powers protest it from US sanctions within 60 days.

Speaking at the Interaction and Confidence Building Measures conference in Asia, Rouhani said, “Obviously, Iran cannot stick to this agreement unilaterally,” according to Al-Jazeera news reports.

He said, “It is necessary that all the sides of this agreement contribute to restoring it,” adding, Tehran needed to see other signatories’ “positive signals”, which includes Germany, France, the United Kingdom, Russia, and China.

Two oil tankers – the Panama-flagged Kokuka Courageous and Marshal Islands-flagged Front Altair – were on Thursday attacked around the Strait of Hormuz. Following which, the United States claimed Iran should be held accountable for the oil attacks, a statement which Tehran has denounced earlier today.

In order to prove its claim, Washington released a video which was blurrily showing the boat crew of the IRGC removing unexploded mine from the side of the oil tankers shortly after the attack.

Meanwhile, Russia, an ally of Iran, warned against “hasty conclusions” over yesterday’s incident in the Gulf or blaming Iran for the suspected attacks, according to RIA-Novosti.

Deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said, “I would use this opportunity to warn against hasty conclusions, from any attempts to impose responsibility on those who are seen as undesirable.”

 

Also read: UK accuses IRGC of attacking two oil tankers in Gulf of Oman

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