Jeremy Hunt met with EU foreign ministers to discuss the plans to ease the escalating tensions in the Gulf and expressed hope that nuclear deal in not fully dead. He said that there is still ‘small window’ to maintain the deal though Iran has defied some of its commitments but everything is not over till now.
US withdrawal from the 2015 nuclear deal to impose sanctions on Iran has compelled Iran to breach some parts of the deal to pressurize the US. Earlier, under the deal, Iran had to limit its nuclear program in order to avoid sanctions.
Foreign Secretary’s meetings with other ministers follow the recent scuffle between UK and Iran over oil tanker seizure issue. The United Kingdom held an Iranian oil tanker in Gibraltar which was delivering oil to a Syrian refinery. In retaliation, Iran also tried to impede a British tanker which bore no fruit.
However, Mr. Hunt offered to send the Iranian tanker back, on the condition of not delivering oil to Syria. He also threatened about adverse and toxic results if Iran continues to breach the deal and exceed the limit. Mr. Hunt expressed hope that he will talk with the European partners on strategies to maintain the deal.
Meanwhile, France, Britain, and Germany have assured their full support to preserve the deal and also clarified their worries about souring US-Iran relations.
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