The US urges the EU to step up its stance on Iran and says “it’s time to act”
The US urges the EU to step up to Iran and say, "It's time to act … and bring them back to the table" when tensions rise above the catch of oil tankers
- US ambassador to the EU has urged European nations to step up their efforts towards Iran
- Gordon Sondland said that Europe should join the US to condemn Iran's actions
- The British Foreign Minister, Jeremy Hunt, meets other foreign leaders in Brussels today to discuss nuclear deals
The US has called on European allies to adopt a tougher stance on Iran while EU foreign ministers meet in Brussels.
The US ambassador to the EU, Gordon Sondland, urged European countries to bring Iran back to the table and join the US to condemn the country's actions.
Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt travels to Brussels today to meet other EU foreign leaders for crisis reports about the nuclear deal with Iran, fearing that it might come close to collapse.
Tensions were high after the seizure of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar. The ship was arrested on suspicion of violation of EU sanctions against Syria.
In apparent retaliation, Iranian paramilitary ships later attempted to obstruct the passage of a British oil tanker through the Strait of Hormuz last week.
The US has called on European allies to adopt a tougher stance towards Iran, as EU foreign ministers meet for crisis talks about salvaging the nuclear deal with Iran in Brussels (Pictured: Hostage Supertanker Grace 1)
The tensions were high after the seizure of the Iranian supertanker Grace 1 off the coast of Gibraltar (Pictured: a British patrol ship guard from the British navy seized oil super anchor Grace 1)
US Ambassador to the EU Gordon Sondland (photo) called on EU countries to bring Iran back to the negotiating table and said: "I think it's time to act, and by acting, I mean that our European friends should join the US to unequivocally condemn Iran's actions with regard to their malicious activities & # 39;
Britain has since accelerated the dispatch of the destroyer HMS Duncan to relieve the HMS Montrose, the frigate operating in the Persian Gulf and alerting Iranian ships.
Gordon Sondland, the US ambassador to the EU, said: & I think the time for reflection is over.
& # 39; I think it's time to act, and by acting, I mean that our European friends must join the US to unequivocally condemn Iran's actions with regard to their malicious activities, not just in the Strait of Hormuz all over the world, bringing them back to the table to discuss a comprehensive negotiation of all their activities, including currently & # 39; the world's foremost state sponsor of terror, portraying attacks in Europe, their missile development program and their general aggression in the Middle East. & # 39;
On BBC Radio 4 & # 39; s Today program, he rejected & # 39; complete nonsense & # 39; a review by Sir Kim Darroch that Donald Trump decided to withdraw from the Iranian nuclear deal in an act of regret because it was agreed by his predecessor Barack Obama.
Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt (photo) said on Twitter that he wanted to reduce the tension about the seizure of supertanker Grace 1, but hinted that Iran would face consequences if it did not adhere to the conditions of the nuclear deal
Sir Kim resigned as a British ambassador to Washington after his sensitive diplomatic messages had leaked out and Mr. Sondland said that Trump's approach to the deal with Iran had been "very, very thoughtful."
Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt said on Twitter that he wanted to reduce tensions about the seizure of supertanker Grace 1, but hinted that Iran would face consequences if it did not adhere to the terms of the nuclear deal.
He said: & # 39; On the way to Brussels for urgent talks about how tensions can be reduced with Iran.
& # 39; Their approach to the Middle East has caused great destabilization, but we want to reduce so as not to increase the tensions around Grace 1 and to avoid a nucleized region.
& # 39; But a deal is a deal and if a party breaks it … & # 39;
In a statement issued on Sunday, Britain, France and Germany reiterated their commitment to the joint comprehensive action plan (JCPOA).
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