The US imposed sanctions against five Iranian nationals and seven Iranian companies

20 Juillet, 2019, 05:30 | Auteur: Anatole Charbonneau
  • The US imposed sanctions against five Iranian nationals and seven Iranian companies

Yet as important as a diplomatic back channel might be to defusing incidents and potential blow-ups, some analysts say established lines of communication and quiet conversations are even more critical to substantive and successful diplomacy on a complex issue like Iran's nuclear program.

U.S. officials responded sceptically, suggesting it was a disingenuous effort to get sanctions relief. Iran is refusing to talk with the US.

"Of course, Iran will want something serious in return".

Indeed, the Obama administration used back-channel diplomacy with Iran to get to the long and intense negotiations - largely carried out by then-Secretary of State John Kerry and Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif - that resulted in the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Nonetheless, a creative opening.

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Washington is trying to force Tehran to agree to stricter limits on its nuclear capacity, curb its ballistic missile program and end support for proxy forces in a regional power struggle with US -backed Gulf Arab states. Mr. Paul is a non-interventionist who had praised the president's decision to call off retaliatory air strikes over Iran's downing of a USA surveillance drone last month. "We have to obviously work closely with our allies in the region, but this is the problem of ripping up an agreement that prevented Iran from becoming a nuclear power that our allies worked on with us with all those months without something to replace it, or even a strategy with an endgame", Cicilline continued.

Richard Nephew, a former USA official now at Columbia University, said Zarif surely knew Washington would reject his idea. But he said it signalled Iran wants a diplomatic solution and suggested Teheran has no intent to throw out IAEA inspectors.

"Today, the United States designated 12 entities and individuals based in Iran, Belgium, and China that are linked to the nuclear proliferation-sensitive activities of the Iran Centrifuge Technology Company - known by its Persian acronym, TESA", United States Secretary of State Michael Pompeo in a press release. Shortly after, several media reported, citing a source in the US Defense ministry, that the United States suspected Iran of seizing the Riah, which is affiliated to a UAE port and was being detained in Iran's territorial waters near the IRGC base.

Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said "we have very clear evidence" that U.S. Navy warship Boxer had downed an Iranian drone.

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