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Tehran Hints at ‘Active Resistance’ against Trump’s Warnings

Tehran Hints at ‘Active Resistance’ against Trump’s Warnings

Friday, 5 July, 2019 - 08:45
Spokesman of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Keyvan Khosravi. Asharq Al-Awsat
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Spokesman of Iran’s Supreme National Security Council Keyvan Khosravi said that “active resistance" was an antidote to US President Donald Trump’s warnings over Tehran’s commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal.

“By exiting the nuclear deal, Trump has wounded the path of diplomacy... the best antidote to all threats is active resistance,” he said.

“Iran is determined to go ahead with its plan to further scale back its nuclear commitments under the deal,” said Khosravi, according to Reuters. 

Iranian Intelligence Minister Mahmoud Alavi said late Wednesday that “holding talks with America can be reviewed by Iran only If Trump lifts the sanctions and our supreme leader gives permission to hold such talks.” 

“Americans were scared of Iran’s military power, that is the reason behind their decision to abort the decision to attack Iran," he added.

Trump said last month that he had aborted a military strike to retaliate for Iran’s downing of an unmanned US drone over the Strait of Hormuz on June 20 because it could have killed 150 people, and signaled that he was open to talks with Tehran.

Tehran said the surveillance drone had been shot down by an Iranian surface-to-air missile in Iranian airspace, while Washington said it had been in international airspace.

Tension has spiked between Tehran and Washington since last year when Trump quit the nuclear deal.

Since May, Washington has ordered all countries to stop purchasing Iranian oil or be banished from the global financial system. It has also dispatched extra troops to the region to counter what it describes as Iranian threats.

Under the deal, Iran can enrich uranium to 3.67 percent fissile material, well below the 20 percent it was reaching before the deal, and the roughly 90 percent suitable for a nuclear weapon.

In reaction to US sanctions, which have notably targeted its main foreign revenue stream in the shape of crude oil exports, Iran said in May that it would scale back its commitments to the deal. In its first major breach of the nuclear pact, Tehran said on Monday that it had amassed more low-enriched uranium than permitted.

The European Union has urged Iran to stick to the terms of the deal, but Tehran has said its commitment will gradually decrease until Britain, France, and Germany can ensure that it benefits financially from the accord – Iran’s main incentive for signing up to it.

French Finance Minister Bruno Le Maire said on Thursday he hoped a special trade channel set up with Iran would complete a first, limited transaction in the coming days, Reuters reports.

Set up by France, Britain, and Germany, Instex is a barter trade mechanism that aims to avoid direct financial transfers by offsetting balances between importers and exporters on the European side.

“We want Instex to enter into force in a few days and I hope that we will be able to operate in a few days. I hope the first transaction will be completed in a few days,” Le Maire told journalists at a meeting in Poland.

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