A high-ranking Iranian military official has warned that his country will respond to the recent attacks on Iranian ships, which have not yet claimed a navigational right in the Red Sea if perpetrators can be identified.
Brigadier General Abolfazl Shekarchi, a spokesman for the Iranian Armed Forces, told Russia’s Sputnik news agency that Iranian authorities were still investigating reports of a mine attack that caused a cargo ship to crash. M.V. SaviceWhich is a ship linked to the country’s elite Revolutionary Guards Once the source of the attack is established, revenge will follow, he said.
“We need to find the root of this incident, if we find the source of the attack on the ship, we will respond for sure, we will not be silent,”; she said. “In any case, the ship was targeted, and now something different might happen to the ship. But we cannot decide what we will do until our investigation has been concluded with utmost accuracy. ”
He also said early indications from the investigation pointed to the potential involvement of the United States, Israel, or one of their allies in the region. Across the Persian Gulf and the wider Middle East, several Arab states, such as Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, have also criticized Iran, accusing Tehran of creating unrest.
Iran, on the other hand, has blamed the enemy and the presence of foreign forces for the insecurity in the region involved in multiple attacks on unclaimed commercial ships at sea.
Referring to the anonymous U.S. officials New York Times It was reported Tuesday that Israel confirmed it was behind the attack. M.V.SaviceAnd the strike was in retaliation for attacks on two Israeli ships in the Red Sea in March and February. Iran also reported previous attacks on its ships in the Red Sea, as well as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and other countries operating ships in the neighboring Gulf of Oman dating back to 2019.
Growing maritime unrest near some of the world’s most important shipping lanes has followed broader US-Iranian tensions that have been on the rise since former President Donald Trump’s exit from the nuclear deal. In 2015, the agreement was formally known as the Joint Action Plan (JCPOA) and signed by the two countries, together with China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK, it lifted international sanctions on Iran in exchange for. Strict restrictions on its nuclear program.
However, since Trump left office, Washington has issued tough sanctions on Tehran limiting the Islamic Republic’s ability to do business around the world, as well as other JCPOA partners to respond, Iran has retreated from its obligations in the deal. The first nuclear, citing non-compliance from both the United States and its Western allies, remains in the agreement.
During the US presidential election last fall, Joe Biden vowed to revert to the deal if he wins. Until now, that hasn’t happened yet. His administration has called for Iran to pay back for its first uranium enrichment. Iranian officials, however, contended the US had to lift the sanctions first, putting both sides in a state of despair.
“In the past four years, the international community has seen an escalation of the US economic war with Iran,” Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said on Thursday during his virtual address with D-8 for the purpose. Economic cooperation “These oppressive sanctions have been very damaging to our country.”
Rouhani said the responsibility was with the new administration to lift the sanctions and return to the nuclear deal.
“The nuclear deal, which the United States has violated and is doing its best to erase, has been preserved because of the cunning of the Islamic Republic of Iran,” he added. “The United States will have to return to the JCPOA, first of all, by lifting sanctions and implementing the agreement in practice, because that is the same government’s obligation to fulfill the Islamic Republic of Iran pledge to respond to the actions of the Islamic Republic of Iran. US by positive action. ”
Iranian leaders negotiate the JCPOA with former President Barack Obama, with Joe Biden as vice president. Rouhani’s second term, however, will end in June and he is ineligible for re-election due to term constraints paving the way for a more conservative leadership that is less likely to deal with the West.
On Friday, however, the first signs of progress could come as Washington signaled direct talks with Tehran. While both the US and Iran adjust their expectations for face-to-face negotiations, But the two countries are expected to hold indirect discussions as part of a broader consultation between the rest of the JCPOA partners in Vienna, the Austrian capital.
The news has outraged some of the deal’s most vocal critics, including Israel, who said it would operate independently of its closest alliance, the United States, in the event of the deal.
“Don’t break an agreement with Iran that will pave the way for nuclear weapons, weapons that threaten to destroy us. Any such agreement will not bind us just one Iota,” said Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel said at the Holocaust Remembrance Ceremony on Wednesday. “There is only one thing that binds us: prevent those who want to destroy us from executing their plans.”
Iran has repeatedly refused to request for nuclear weapons.
State Department spokesman Ned Price, who declined to comment on the attacks. M.V. Savice The Red Sea told reporters on Wednesday that the Biden administration would continue negotiations on the nuclear deal, although he stressed that he would do so while consulting with the allies and without a unilateral concession.
“We realized this could be the start of the process knowing we had a long way to go,” Price said. “We always said this was difficult, and I think that’s worth it too, it would be difficult. For a number of reasons, it will be difficult because these talking logistics are indirect and hence their mechanism can It will be difficult because these are very technical and complex problems.
He emphasized that these things It is “not a strategic negotiation” as Washington has laid down its strategy, and there will be another level of difficulty from the negative history between the two countries.
“This goes without saying. But there is a fair amount of mistrust between the United States and Iran, ”Price said,” anticipating the events of the past few years. But, of course, a much longer history between our two countries. And for that matter between Iran and the international community “
He explained how Washington and Tehran would be able to hear each other and move forward without direct communication.
“The Vienna-based team was in consultation with our European partners, as well as our Russian and Chinese allies,” Price said. To learn more about Iran’s stance, our allies have heard more from us about our stance, which they have conveyed to the Iranians, and in a nutshell, this is what we hope to accomplish. From the beginning there was nothing more and nothing less. “