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US in new global court showdown with Iran

THE HAGUE: The United States accused Tehran on Monday of having “unclean hands” as it fought an Iranian court bid to unfreeze billions of dollars earmarked by Washington for terror victims. Washington said Iran’s “support for international terrorism”, including bombings and airline hijackings, should rule out its case at the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Iran dragged Washington to the UN’s top court in 2016 over a US Supreme Court ruling that the $2 billion should go to victims of attacks blamed on…

US withdraws from international accords, says UN world court ‘politicised’

WASHINGTON: The Trump administration on Wednesday pulled out of two international agreements after Iran and the Palestinians complained to the International Court of Justice about US policies, the latest withdrawal by Washington from multilateral accords. The US national security adviser John Bolton slammed the highest United Nations tribunal as “politicised and ineffective” as he announced that the United States would review all international agreements that could expose it to binding decisions by the ICJ. Earlier on…

Pompeo ‘disturbed’ by EU payment plan for Iran business

NEW YORK: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo denounced Tuesday a European Union plan to set up a way to preserve business with Iran and avoid renewed American sanctions. Addressing the United Against Nuclear Iran pressure group being held near the annual UN General Assembly, Pompeo said he was "disturbed and, indeed, deeply disappointed" by Monday's announcement from remaining members of an international nuclear deal. "This is one of the most counterproductive measures imaginable for regional peace and security," Pompeo…

US seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran

WASHINGTON: The United States is seeking to negotiate a treaty with Iran to include Tehran’s ballistic missile program and its regional behaviour, the US special envoy for Iran said on Wednesday ahead of UN meetings in New York next week. Iran has rejected the US attempts to hold high-level talks since President Donald Trump tore up a nuclear deal between Tehran and six world powers earlier this year. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo listed a dozen demands in May that he said could make up a new agreement, although Hook’s…

US sends messages ‘every day’ to begin negotiations: Iran

GENEVA: The United States constantly sends messages to Iran to begin negotiations, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Saturday in a speech broadcast on state television. Tensions ramped up between Iran and the United States after President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal with Iran in May and reimposed sanctions on the Islamic Republic last month. Trump has said he would meet Iran’s leaders. “From one side they try to pressure the people of Iran, on another side they send us messages…

Iran’s Zarif says US ‘PR stunts’ won’t work

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif dismissed talks with Washington in a tweet late Tuesday, saying "threats, sanctions and PR stunts won’t work". Responding to US President Donald Trump’s surprise offer of talks without preconditions, Zarif wrote: "Iran & US had two years of talks. With EU/E3+Russia+China, we produced a unique multilateral accord — the JCPOA (nuclear deal). It’s been working. US can only blame itself for pulling out and leaving the table.…

Iran ‘preparing’ to enrich uranium if nuclear deal fails

Iran is ready to boost its uranium enrichment to higher levels if talks fail with Europe on salvaging the nuclear deal, a top official said on Tuesday. “We have of course adopted some measures in order to prepare the ground for eventually increasing the level of enrichment if it is needed and if the negotiations with the Europeans fail,” Behrouz Kamalvandi, spokesman and vice-president of Iran's Atomic Energy Organisation, told a news conference in Tehran. “We are of course continuing to carry out and implement our…

US plan to end Iran oil exports ‘a fantasy’: Rouhani

BERN: A plan by the United States to cut Iran's oil production to zero is a "fantasy", Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday during his European tour to rally support for the 2015 nuclear deal. Washington has said it wants to pressure Iran to change its behaviour by taking away all revenue Tehran generates from crude sales, part of the confrontational approach adopted by President Donald Trump, who pulled out of the historic nuclear pact in May. "These are exaggerated statements that can never be implemented,"…

China’s Xi backs nuclear deal in talks with Iran leader

BEIJING: Chinese leader Xi Jinping called for the Iran nuclear deal to be "earnestly" implemented as he met the country’s president following the US withdrawal from the pact, state media said Monday. Xi met one-on-one with Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani on Sunday following a two-day regional security summit in the eastern Chinese city of Qingdao that also included Russia and former Soviet republics. President Donald Trump announced last month the US was withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal and re-imposing…

Iran is preparing for possible increase of enrichment capacity if deal fails: nuclear chief

BEIRUT: Iran has begun preparations to boost its uranium enrichment capacity, its nuclear chief said on Tuesday, adding to pressure on European powers trying to save a nuclear accord with Tehran in peril after a U.S. withdrawal. France, Britain and Germany want to salvage the 2015 deal’s core bargain of sanctions relief in exchange for restrictions on Tehran’s atomic activities. Washington has reimposed sanctions against Tehran since quitting the deal last month, arguing Iran posed a security threat. Iran has set out…