Iran's Rouhani calls for unity to face 'unprecedented' U.S. pressure

Iran's Rouhani calls for unity to face 'unprecedented' U.S. pressure

Iran's Rouhani calls for unity to face 'unprecedented' U.S. pressure

Apparently as a behavior-changing incentive the USA deployed the USS "Abraham Lincoln" Carrier Strike Group as well as a bomber task force last week.

"During the war we did not have a problem with our banks, oil sales or imports and exports, and there were only sanctions on arms purchases", Mr Rouhani told political activists in the capital, Tehran.

Vice Admiral Jim Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navy's Bahrain-based Fifth Fleet, did not say whether he would send the USS Abraham Lincoln carrier strike group into the strategic waterway off Iran, through which passes a fifth of oil consumed globally.

The US said the moves were a response to a possible threat to US forces in the region by Iran, without specifying.

Trump urged Tehran to call him amid deteriorating ties between the USA and Iran.

US National Security Advisor John Bolton said that the move was created to "send a clear and unmistakable message to the Iranian regime".

Iran has repeatedly threatened to retaliate to the U.S. measures by blocking the Strait of Hormuz - through which about a fifth of all oil consumed globally pass.

While the USA military has become a semi-permanent fixture in the Persian Gulf, it's unusual for Washington to call out Iran by name when justifying such deployments.

The verbal exchange comes as tensions escalate between Washington and Tehran.

Washington last month had blacklisted Iran's Revolutionary Guards as a terrorist group. However, a build-up of "deterrent forces" around Iran is necessary so that the USA could respond if Iran "decided to come after an American interest - whether that be in Iraq, or Afghanistan, or Yemen, or any place in the Middle East".

"That's why France is remaining and will remain a part of it and I deeply hope that Iran will remain". If Iran takes the case to an arbitration court, Pakistan is likely to have to pay billions of dollars as a penalty.

Iran has threatened to go further if other parties to the 2015 deal - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - fail to shield it from United States sanctions. Saulat said, Iranian authorities are of the view that United States sanctions did not apply to the IP gas project, adding that Pakistan had thus sent Tehran a questionnaire to ascertain exactly how that was the case.

Islamabad has made a decision to send demarches to US, European council and other related forums on the IP project. Prime Minister Imran Khan has already asked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to resolve the irritants to complete the project.

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan on Friday informed Iran in writing that it can not execute the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline project as long as Tehran is under United States sanctions regime, the Arab News reported. IP pipeline project - also called Peace Pipeline - is aimed at constructing pipeline from Iran's South Pars fields in the Persian Gulf to Pakistan's major cities of Karachi and Multan. Iran will initially transfer 30 million cubic meters of gas per day to Pakistan, but will eventually increase the gas transfer to 60 million cubic meters per day. In a joint statement issued after the high-level meetings, the two sides "called for swift implementation of bilateral agreements as a step towards realizing this important goal".

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