Iran hints open to potential tanker swap, nuclear talks

Tehran (AFP) – President Hassan Rouhani hinted on Wednesday that Iran is open to a potential tanker swap with Britain and oblique talks with the USA over its nuclear programme and sanctions.

“We do not need tensions with some European nations,” Rouhani stated in feedback to a cupboard assembly posted on the official web site of his authorities.

In a transparent reference to the British, Rouhani stated in the event that they had been to “stop the inaccurate acts that they’ve executed, together with that of Gibraltar, Iran’s response can be” acceptable to their actions.

Iran and the UK are within the midst of a tense standoff over British authorities’ seizure of an Iranian tanker off Gibraltar in early July and Iran’s detention of a UK-flagged ship in Gulf waters final week.

Rouhani additionally stated Iran can be open to talks ought to there be a “ceasefire” in US financial sanctions towards the Islamic republic.

Hostilities between Iran and the USA have risen since final 12 months when President Donald Trump withdrew the US from the 2015 nuclear deal geared toward limiting Tehran’s nuclear programme and started reimposing sanctions.

“On this regard some nations are intermediaries, although they themselves say they don’t seem to be mediators and are simply expressing their very own views,” stated Rouhani.

“There was correspondence from each side on this concern and we’re persevering with this,” he added.

Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe visited Tehran in June for talks geared toward defusing tensions between Iran and the USA.

Earlier this month French President Emmanuel Macron despatched his high diplomatic adviser, Emmanuel Bonne, to Iran “to piece collectively a deescalation” technique.

Each Japan and France have denied performing as intermediaries between Iran and the USA.

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