JCPOA members resolved to stand up to USA exit: Iran

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Iran is continuing to export oil despite USA attempts to prevent them from doing so, and there is no reason to think they're suddenly going to commit a series of acts of war in the Strait of Hormuz just to give the U.S. a pretext to attack them. Hassan Rouhani, who spoke with his French counterpart on the phone, also said the European Union's proposed package on continuation of cooperation under the nuclear deal does not cover all demands of Iran.

Since Trump's shock move in May, which dismayed all other signatories, Washington has warned other countries to end trade and investment in Iran and stop buying its oil from early November or face punitive measures.

If Iran can not sell its oil under USA pressure, then no other regional country will be allowed to either, said Mohammad Ali Jafari, who commands the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's most powerful military force.

The pillars of the European Union's strategy are: European Investment Bank lending, a special measure to shield EU companies from USA secondary sanctions, and a Commission proposal that EU governments make direct money transfers to Iran's central bank to avoid U.S. penalties.

Iranian officials have said that key for them is to ensure measures that guarantee oil exports do not halt, and that Tehran still has access to the SWIFT worldwide bank payments messaging system or an alternative.

Referring to the firm stands adopted by Iran's president against recent United States ill-wishing strategies and imposition of new oil sanctions against Iran, General Jaafari expressed hope that people from all walks of life along with the country's officials to adopt a unified stance to achieve their goal.

In response, US Navy Central Command spokesperson Bill Urban said that US ships were ready to fulfill their mission to "provide and promote security and stability in the region".

U.S. commanders are issuing a flurry of statements Thursday promising to use military force to ensure "freedom of navigation" in the Strait of Hormuz.

"We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one", Jafari was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency.

With a third of the world's sea-borne oil passing through it every day, the Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery linking Middle East crude producers to key markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond.

Zarif made the statement on Friday after meeting in Vienna with foreign ministers from countries that are still signatories to the multinational deal following the US' unilateral withdrawal in May.

Iranians have complained that the hoped-for rise in foreign investment and trade after the deal has not materialized. The proposed package "only included some general promises like previous European Union statements", Rouhani said.

As The Guardian notes, the threats "will bring back memories of the latter years of the 1980s Iran-Iraq War, when U.S. forces attacked Iranian territorial waters after a United States ship struck an Iranian mine".

Would Iran actually block shipping in the Strait of Hormuz?

In a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin on the sidelines of a summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) in June, President Rouhani said Russia plays a key role in maintaining the nuclear deal after USA withdrawal.

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