While US officials suggested they viewed the idea as a non-starter, analysts said it could provide an opening for US President Donald Trump's administration to pursue diplomacy. Hunt said, following phone talks with Zarif, that the United Kingdom would facilitate the release of the Iranian supertanker if Tehran could guarantee it's destination.
Other sanctioned entities are front companies based in China and Belgium, the Treasury said. "If Trump wants more for more, we can ratify the Additional Protocol and he can lift the sanctions he set", the Guardian newspaper quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as telling reporters.
"Iran can not claim benign intent on the world stage while it purchases and stockpiles products for centrifuges", he said in a statement.More news: Netflix Debuts ‘The Witcher’ Trailer Starring Henry Cavill At Comic-Con
Under the 2015 nuclear deal agreed to by Teheran, Iran must seek ratification of the protocol eight years after the deal was adopted.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, the official said "we have very clear evidence" that U.S. Navy warship Boxer had downed an Iranian drone.
Following which, Washington re-imposed sanctions on Tehran.While Tehran is yet to withdraw fully from the accord, it recently announced its decision to increase nuclear enrichment in response to the new United States sanctions.Recently, the Atomic Energy Organisation of Iran recently announced that the country has officially surpassed the 3.67 per cent uranium enrichment limit set under the 2015 pact and could consider increasing the stockpile to 20 per cent in the future.
The Trump administration official said the president - who is seeking stricter restraints on Iran's nuclear activity and regional behavior - remained open to negotiations with Tehran without preconditions.More news: Eriksen trains alone on Spurs pre-season tour
He was referring to Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, an anti-Western hardliner and the ultimate authority in Iran, and President Hassan Rouhani, a more pragmatic figure who engineered the 2015 deal to ease Iran's global isolation but now signals no compromise in the confrontation with Washington. Iranian TV said the drone had captured the footage and timing notations showed the drone was still filming after Washington said it had been downed.
Washington is trying to force Tehran to agree to stricter limits on its nuclear capacity, curb its ballistic missile program and end support for proxy forces in a regional power struggle with US -backed Gulf Arab states.
On Thursday, Iran said that it had seized a foreign tanker under a United Kingdom flag allegedly smuggling oil in the Persian Gulf. Earlier, against the company, restrictions were imposed, reports TASS.More news: Man jailed for sexually assaulting and killing teen in Goa