. 24/7 Space News .
Iran says views converging with France on breaking impasse
by Staff Writers
Paris, France (AFP) Sept 2, 2019

Russia, Iran blame US for regional tensions
Moscow (AFP) Sept 2, 2019 - Moscow and Tehran on Monday blamed US policies for tensions in the Middle East while Russia said it welcomed French efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif condemned Washington's latest actions in Syria as he visited Moscow for talks with Russia's top diplomat Sergei Lavrov.

At the weekend US forces attacked jihadist leaders in northwestern Syria, in what a battlefield monitor called a missile strike that left at least 40 dead.

"Together with Russia and Turkey, Iran has ensured relative security and calm in Syria," Zarif told journalists after talks with Lavrov.

"But the United States is creating a new unstable situation east of the Euphrates in Syria including through actions they've undertaken in Idlib."

Moscow has said that the Americans hit the region "without advance notice to Russia or Turkey", threatening a fragile ceasefire in the province of Idlib.

Lavrov also accused Washington of seeking to "provoke" Tehran after the United States withdrew from the Iran nuclear deal last year.

"Our American partners are openly seeking to provoke Iran with the support of some of their regional allies," he said.

Lavrov commended France for trying to break the impasse and convince the United States to offer Iran some sort of relief from sanctions it has imposed on the Islamic republic.

"We are hoping that this useful initiative of the French president will bear fruit," he told reporters.

"We wish them luck."

But Zarif warned that Iran would continue to curtail its commitments under the 2015 deal if Europe did not protect Tehran from the US sanctions.

"We would of course take a third step," Zarif said.

Iran has hit back with countermeasures in response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, which gave Tehran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme.

It has been threatening to take a third step in reducing its commitments to the deal after already increasing its uranium enrichment and stockpile.

Iran said Monday its views have been converging with those of France on ways to save a nuclear deal at risk of unravelling since the US withdrew last year.

Government spokesman Ali Rabiei also suggested President Hassan Rouhani could meet US counterpart Donald Trump if it served Iran's interests, while cautioning there was no need to meet an "agitator" in the current circumstances.

Rouhani has had a series of phone calls with French President Emmanuel Macron in recent weeks aimed at salvaging the landmark 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.

The French leader has been trying to convince the United States to offer Iran some sort of relief from sanctions it has imposed on the Islamic republic since pulling out of the deal in May last year.

"In the past few weeks, there have been serious negotiations" between Rouhani and Macron, as well as talks with other European nations, said Rabiei.

"Fortunately, in many areas, our views have come closer together," the government spokesman told a news conference.

Tehran and Washington have been at loggerheads since Trump unilaterally withdrew the US from the nuclear accord and began reimposing crippling sanctions on Iran.

- 'Useful initiative'-

The arch-foes were on the cusp of confrontation in June when Tehran downed a US drone and Trump ordered retaliatory strikes on Iran before cancelling them at the last minute.

The situation has calmed down somewhat since, with Macron expressing hopes during a G7 summit in late August of organising a meeting between Rouhani and Trump.

A French foreign ministry spokeswoman indicated Monday that, underpinning Macron's efforts to make progress on the issue, including at last week's G7 summit in France, "discussions are continuing with Iran on reaching a de-escalation of tensions.

"A meeting is taking place to this end in Paris today between French and Iranian experts," she added without giving further details.

The Iranian delegation was due to be headed by deputy foreign-minister and top nuclear negotiator Abbas Araghchi.

Also Monday, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov joined visiting Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif in welcoming French efforts to save the Iran nuclear deal while criticising Washington's stance.

"We are hoping that this useful initiative of the French president will bear fruit," Lavrov told reporters.

- Credit line -

Rouhani has played down the likelihood of a meeting, saying the Americans first needed to lift all sanctions against Iran.

But his government's spokesman hinted on Monday that such a meeting could still happen if it suited Iran's interests.

"The president (Rouhani) still holds the same position that because of national interests, if he's sure that meeting someone will help our people, he will not hold back," Rabiei said, quoted by state news agency IRNA.

"In my opinion, the US president's goal for meeting Iran's president is one thing and ours is another. The US president's goal is more for domestic reasons, while we aim to return to what is our right and has been neglected."

He cautioned that "there is no reason for the president to meet an agitator and an economic terrorist in the current situation", according to IRNA.

Iran has hit back with countermeasures in response to the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal, which gave it relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme.

It has been threatening to take a third step in reducing its commitments to the deal, reportedly on Friday, after already increasing its uranium enrichment and stockpile.

A conservative Iranian lawmaker said Macron had proposed offering Iran a $15-billion line of credit on condition it returns to the fold.

"Macron has proposed Iran stop its third step for now in exchange for this sum, and maybe retreat from its first and second steps to the initial situation," said Ali Motahari, quoted late Sunday by Tasnim news agency.

Related Links
Learn about nuclear weapons doctrine and defense at SpaceWar.com
Learn about missile defense at SpaceWar.com
All about missiles at SpaceWar.com
Learn about the Superpowers of the 21st Century at SpaceWar.com

Thanks for being there;
We need your help. The SpaceDaily news network continues to grow but revenues have never been harder to maintain.

With the rise of Ad Blockers, and Facebook - our traditional revenue sources via quality network advertising continues to decline. And unlike so many other news sites, we don't have a paywall - with those annoying usernames and passwords.

Our news coverage takes time and effort to publish 365 days a year.

If you find our news sites informative and useful then please consider becoming a regular supporter or for now make a one off contribution.
SpaceDaily Monthly Supporter
$5+ Billed Monthly

paypal only
SpaceDaily Contributor
$5 Billed Once

credit card or paypal

EU backs US-Iran talks but says nuclear deal must stay
Helsinki (AFP) Aug 29, 2019
The EU would support talks between the United States and Iran, the bloc's diplomatic chief said Thursday, but only if the current nuclear deal with Tehran is preserved. Washington and Tehran have been locked in a bitter standoff since last year when US President Donald Trump unilaterally pulled out of the 2015 deal that gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its atomic programme. Tensions have risen dramatically in the Gulf, where Iran has seized tankers, but EU countries are rel ... read more

Comment using your Disqus, Facebook, Google or Twitter login.

Share this article via these popular social media networks
del.icio.usdel.icio.us DiggDigg RedditReddit GoogleGoogle

China's satellite tests pulsar navigation for future deep space exploration

Spacecraft carrying Russian humanoid robot docks at ISS

Vegetable cultivation in the Antarctic for the Moon and Mars

Milestone demonstrates motor's reliability to enhance astronaut safety

China's first medium-scale launcher with LOX LCH4 propellants ZQ-2 soliciting payloads worldwide

Arianespace will launch Ovzon-3 satellite

NASA prepares for green run testing, practices lifting SLS Core Stage

Russia Launches Rokot Space Rocket to Orbit Military Satellite

NASA Invites Students to Name Next Mars Rover

NASA's Mars Helicopter Attached to Mars 2020 Rover

ExoMars rover ready for environment testing

Scientists Explore Outback as Testbed for Mars

China's newly launched communication satellite suffers abnormality

China launches first private rocket capable of carrying satellites

Chinese scientists say goodbye to Tiangong-2

China's space lab Tiangong 2 destroyed in controlled fall to earth

ESA and GomSpace Luxembourg sign contract for continued constellation management development

New Iridium Certus transceiver for faster satellite data now in live testing

KLEOS Space funding will start procurement of 2nd cluster of satellites

ThinKom Solutions Unveils New Multi-Beam Reconfigurable Phased-Array Gateway Solution for Next-Generation Satellites

China's Tianhe-2 Supercomputer to Crunch Space Data From New Radio Telescope

Chipping away at how ice forms could keep windshields, power lines ice-free

In NASA Glenn's Virtual Reality Lab, Creative-Minded Employees Thrive

In praise of the big pixel: Gaming is having a retro moment

Canadian astronomers determine Earth's fingerprint

The dark side of extrasolar planets share surprisingly similar temperatures

Study shows some exoplanets may have greater variety of life than exists on Earth

Newly Discovered Giant Planet Slingshots Around Its Star

Young Jupiter was smacked head-on by massive newborn planet

Mission to Jupiter's icy moon confirmed

Giant Impact Disrupted Jupiter's Core

Young Jupiter Was Smacked Head-On by Massive Newborn Planet

The content herein, unless otherwise known to be public domain, are Copyright 1995-2024 - Space Media Network. All websites are published in Australia and are solely subject to Australian law and governed by Fair Use principals for news reporting and research purposes. AFP, UPI and IANS news wire stories are copyright Agence France-Presse, United Press International and Indo-Asia News Service. ESA news reports are copyright European Space Agency. All NASA sourced material is public domain. Additional copyrights may apply in whole or part to other bona fide parties. All articles labeled "by Staff Writers" include reports supplied to Space Media Network by industry news wires, PR agencies, corporate press officers and the like. Such articles are individually curated and edited by Space Media Network staff on the basis of the report's information value to our industry and professional readership. Advertising does not imply endorsement, agreement or approval of any opinions, statements or information provided by Space Media Network on any Web page published or hosted by Space Media Network. General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) Statement Our advertisers use various cookies and the like to deliver the best ad banner available at one time. All network advertising suppliers have GDPR policies (Legitimate Interest) that conform with EU regulations for data collection. By using our websites you consent to cookie based advertising. If you do not agree with this then you must stop using the websites from May 25, 2018. Privacy Statement. Additional information can be found here at About Us.