Published: Sat, August 31, 2019
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

FM Zarif meets with Malaysian counterpart in Kuala Lumpur

FM Zarif meets with Malaysian counterpart in Kuala Lumpur

Jennifer Griffin predicts Trump's military response to Iran shooting down a us drone would be much different if an American had been injured or killed.

"The basic principle of civilised world is that you do not negotiate with terrorists", said Zarif.

"Without the US's withdrawal from sanctions, we will not witness any positive development", Rouhani said in a televised speech on Tuesday, adding that Washington "holds the key" to what happens next.

Asked about the prospects of a deal with Tehran, Mr Trump said: "Iran can be a great nation but they can't have nuclear weapons".

Trump made his first public expression of interest in the idea at a Monday news conference with his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron in Biarritz, France, where they had attended a G-7 summit.

He has frequently said he is interested in talks with Iran and has stressed that his goal is not an end to Iran's regime, but rather a better deal.

Esper also credited the USA and its coalition allies⁠ - which so far include Australia, Bahrain and the United Kingdom⁠ - with having "deterred provocative behavior", while Dunford highlighted that he "would not draw a correlation between the forces we have put in the region and degrading Iranian capabilities".

In another sign that a credit line for Iran is not ready for official endorsement by world powers, an European Union spokesperson responsible for diplomatic discussions with Iran on the margins of the G-7 summit declined to discuss with VOA Persian the specifics of a loan program.

"We will always advocate for the full respect by all sides of the UNSC resolutions and that includes the JCPOA", she said.

The cyber conflict is part of the wider conflict between the USA and Iran that has stayed out of the public eye unlike their openly hostile exchanged regarding attacks in the Persian Gulf earlier this year which the US immediately blamed on Iran and Iran denied.

Netanyahu, who sees Iran as a mortal threat and has long opposed the nuclear deal, has urged that sanctions be re-imposed on Tehran. A second network, led by Seyed Hossein Shariat, has procured aluminum alloy products for entities controlled by Iran's Ministry of Defense and Armed Forces Logistics, Treasury said in a statement.

Rouhani also indicated that he would not meet with President Donald Trump unless there was "repentance" on the part of the United States.

Stability and safe passage in the Strait of Hormuz - located at the exit of the Persian Gulf - is vital for Japan, which relies on the Middle East for 90 percent of its crude oil.

In response to the US request, Tokyo has said it is exploring what role it can play in safeguarding ships in the strait - a key sea lane through which around one-fifth of the world's oil passes - while not impairing its long-standing friendship with Iran.

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