Fears of conflict rose Monday as the United States vowed to send a message to Iran by deploying an aircraft carrier strike group, amid a report that Tehran would scale back its commitments under a nuclear deal after mounting pressure by President Donald Trump.
Iran will announce on Wednesday it is scaling back its commitments under the worldwide agreement on the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal, a year after the United States decision to unilaterally pull out of the pact, the official IRNA news agency said.
Iran's semi-official ISNA news agency says President Hassan Rouhani's brother has been sentenced to an unspecified prison term for corruption.
It was not immediately clear if any one of the five could be given extra time to wind down their purchases or when they'd be subject to US sanctions on May 3 when they don't immediately halt imports of Iranian oil.
The landmark nuclear deal agreed by Iran and the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the US, UK, France, China and Russian Federation - plus Germany (the P5+1) - was thrown into flux when President Trump announced the US withdrawal one year ago.
"Under the (nuclear accord) Iran can produce heavy water, and this is not in violation of the agreement". The number of rigs drilling for oil in the USA increased by two to 807 in the week to May 3, according to global industrial service company Baker Hughes.
Cautioning against the U.S. plot to sow discord and division in Iran, the president said some people do not still believe that Iran is faced with a political, economic and psychological war with the US. Unlike many other news organizations, we have not put up a paywall. Afterwards, Washington re-imposed unilateral sanctions on Iran that had been lifted under the deal.
On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also issued a warning to the Islamic Republic, saying "it is absolutely the case that we have seen escalatory actions from the Iranians and it is equally the case that we will hold the Iranians accountable for attacks on American interests".
A spokesman for Iran's Supreme National Security Council, Keivan Khosravi, dismissed Bolton's comments as "psychological warfare".
But under the Trump administration, the US exited the deal and revived sanctions, including an embargo against Iran's economically important oil sector.
Trump pulled the U.S. out of the nuclear deal calling it "defective at its core".
Rouhani has vowed that Iran will continue to supply oil to its major customers despite the unilateral measures adopted by the US.