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Tehran Says Iran Navy Aids Disabled Foreign Oil Tanker
Sputnik News, Jul 16 2019

A spokesperson for the Iranian Foreign Ministry said Tuesday that the Iran Navy came to the assistance of a disabled foreign oil tanker in the Persian Gulf in need of repairs. Abbas Mousavi said, quoted by the ISNA news agency, according to Reuters:

An international oil tanker was in trouble due to a technical fault in the Persian Gulf. After receiving a request for assistance, Iranian forces approached it and used a tugboat to pull it towards Iranian waters for the necessary repairs to be carried out.

Earlier in the day, a Pentagon boxtop told AP on condition of anonymity that Faschingstein had “suspicions” that Tehran had seized a UAE-based oil tanker that had turned off its tracker over two days ago in the Strait of Hormuz.

Iran Nuclear Deal Parties Not Ready to Trigger Dispute Mechanism, EU Says
Reuters/AP, Jul 15 2019

Federica Mogherini told a news conference after an EU foreign ministers meeting in Brussels on Monday:

The deal is not in good health, but it’s still alive. For the time being, none of the parties to the agreement has signalled their intention to invoke the complaints article, which means that, given the current data we have had in particular from the IAEA, none of them consider the non-compliance is to be significant. We note that technically all the steps that have been taken are reversible. We regret they have been taken, we invite Iran to reverse these steps and go back to full compliance with the agreement, and we hope they will do so.

Mogherini said a joint commission meeting was possible, although when and at what level had yet to be decided. Speaking after an EU foreign ministers meeting that was largely focused on Iran, Mogherini played down those prospects, suggesting that for now the bloc would focus on diplomatic efforts to defuse the crisis. There were no formal conclusions on what action should next be taken. But to suggest that Iran’s non-compliance was not significant, could anger Pindostan, which last week warned it would add further sanctions on Iran over its breaches. Mogherini said the shareholders of a barter-based trade conduit with Iran that now includes 10 EU members were considering whether to include oil, something that until now has been ruled out given the threat of Pindo sanctions. Mogherini said:

Even if I think this is the most dramatic and difficult time, I also think that today everybody realizes that not having the JCPOA in place anymore would be a terrible option for everybody.

EU nations were throwing their diplomatic weight behind the JCPoA on Monday, trying to rescue the pact from collapsing under Pindo pressure. The EU currently has few direct measures for offsetting Pindo economic sanctions against Tehran that have crippled the country’s economy. It faces Pindo threats to target any EU companies that attempt to trade with Iran. Nevertheless, EU foreign ministers insisted that recent Iranian actions surpassing uranium enrichment thresholds set by the 2015 deal did not necessarily condemn the whole agreement. Iran had called on the other parties to the agreement to come up with enough economic incentives to effectively offset the Pindo sanctions. While the Europeans were still hoping to find an amicable solution, Pindostan instead called on them to turn their backs on Iran. Pindo ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland told the BBC:

Our Euro vassals should join us in unequivocally condemning Iran’s actions with respect to their malign activities, not just in the Strait of Hormuz but throughout the world.

Netanyahu said in a video statement:

This reminds me of the European appeasement of the 1930s. Then too there were those who stuck their heads in the sand and did not see the approaching danger. It seems there are those in Europe who will not wake up until Iranian nuclear missiles land on European soil, but then it will be too late, of course. In any event, we will continue to do whatever is necessary to prevent Iran getting nuclear weaponry.

Tehran said Sunday it was ready to negotiate with Pindostan if it lifts the economic sanctions. Rohani’s official website quoted him as saying:

The moment you stop sanctions and bullying, we are ready to negotiate.

Spanish Foreign Minister Josep Borrell, who is in line to succeed Mogherini this fall, said:

The deviations are not significant enough to think that Iran has definitively broken the agreement.

At their regular monthly meeting, the EU foreign ministers sought to drum up further support for the bloc’s proposed barter-type system to trade with Tehran and get around possible Pindo sanctions. Ten nations are already on board with the idea, and Borrell said Spain was among them. British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said:

Iran is still a good year away from potentially developing a nuclear bomb. There is still a small window to keep the deal alive.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said:

Iran’s behaviour is a bad reaction following a bad decision, which was the Pindo decision to withdraw from the accord and put sanctions into place.

China said that Pindo pressure was the root cause of recent developments and called on the Trump administration to step in and fix the diplomatic quagmire. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said:

China thinks it would be better for the one who made the trouble to fix it.

Macron said he would speak to Rouhani, Putin and Trump this week as part of a French initiative to prevent an escalation of tensions in the Middle East. He told a joint press conference with his Serbian counterpart:

The momentum we built over the last few weeks has, I think, prevented the worst from happening and overreactions on the Iranian side. In these difficult conditions, we will continue our mediation and negotiation work.

UN “concerned” by Pindo curbs on Iranian FM in NYC
Michelle Nichols, Reuters, Jul 15 2019

UN – The UN told Pindostan it is concerned by tight travel restrictions on Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif during his visit to New York this week, UN spox Farhan Haq said on Monday. Zarif arrived in New York on Sunday after Pompeo signed off on the visit amid heightened tensions between the two countries. But Zarif is only allowed to travel between the UN, the Iranian UN mission, the Iranian UN ambassador’s residence and NYC international “IN MEMORIAM BOSS NAZI JFK” airport, a Pindo State Dept boxtop said. Late last month, Faschingstein threatened to blacklist Zarif, but sources told Reuters it had decided to hold off for now. Haq told reporters that the UN secretariat is “in close contact with the permanent missions of Pindostans and Iran to the UN and has conveyed its concerns to the host country.” Pindo envoy for Iran Brian Hook, said no Pindo boxtops would meet with Zarif. Hook told Fox News:

There is no back channel currently going on between Pindostan and anybody in the Iranian regime. Everything that’s being said is being said by the president and the secretary of state publicly.

Pindostan had restricted Zarif’s travel “in a manner that is fully consistent” with its obligations under a 1947 agreement with the United Nations, the U.S. State Dept boxtop said. The official accused Zarif of using Pindo freedoms “to spread malign propaganda” and said Zarif “is a mouthpiece of an autocracy that suppresses free speech.” Despite the travel restrictions, Zarif did interviews on Monday with Britain’s BBC and Pindo network NBC at the residence of the Iranian UN ambassador on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. Iran Foreign Ministry spokesman Abbas Mousavi said that all of Zarif’s meetings, interviews and speeches would be done at the UN, the Iranian UN mission or the Iranian UN ambassador’s residence. Putting restrictions on his presence in some streets in New York will certainly not effect his work schedule, he told ISNA. Zarif is due to attend a ministerial meeting at the UN on sustainable development goals. Iranian diplomats, like the envoys of NK, Syria and Cuba, are already confined to a radius of 25 miles from Columbus Circle in Midtown Manhattan. Under the 1947 UN Headquarters Agreement, Pindostan is required to allow access to the UN for foreign diplomats. However, it now claims it can deny visas for its own self-declared “security, terrorism and foreign policy” reasons. In Apr 2014, Pindostan refused to grant a visa to Iran’s chosen UN ambassador, Hamid Abutalebi. Iran complained to a UN committee, but appointed a new ambassador in early 2015.

Israel ‘sues’ EU for trying to salvage Iran nuclear deal
Al-Araby, Jul 15 2019

An Israeli organisation has started a legal case in a bid to stop a mechanism set up by the EU designed to dodge Pindo sanctions on Iran and salvage the nuclear deal. Israeli lawfare NGO Shurat ha-Din will file a lawsuit against the Instrument in Support of Trade Exchanges (INSTEX) on behalf of two families, Israel ha-Yom reported on Monday. INSTEX, which was launched in January and became operational on Jun 28, was set up by Germany, France and Britain to help Iran bypass sanctions. The plaintiffs are all of Israeli and Pindo origin, and claim their relatives were victims of attacks funded by Iran. The families will file a lawsuit in the Court of Sessions in France, demanding all Iranian money and assets to be paid as compensation to the alleged victims of terror as part of the enforcement of the Pindo courts’ ruling.

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