The European Union High Representative for Foreign and Security Policy, Federica Moguerini, and the Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany jointly declared on September 9 that they would not accept the Iranian Governments ultimatum and called on Iran to abide by the comprehensive agreement on Irans nuclear issue.
On the same day, US President Donald Trump did not rule out military measures against Iran. James Malloy, commander of the U.S. Navys Fifth Fleet, said U.S. aircraft carriers were free to cross the Strait of Hormuz without fear of Iranian attacks.
[Europe is in a dilemma
In a joint statement with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany, Mogelini said that the EU, Britain, France and Germany are committed to maintaining and fully implementing the Iranian nuclear agreement and will not accept any ultimatum. We refuse to accept any ultimatum, and we will assess whether Iran complies with its commitment to nuclear activities.
The so-called ultimatum refers to Iranian President Hassan Ruhanis televised speech on 8 th, announcing that within 60 days of consultation with other signatories of the Iranian nuclear agreement except the United States, if the appeal is not met, the restrictions on uranium enrichment will no longer be accepted.
Iranian Foreign Minister Jawad Zarif responded to comments made by the European Union and European countries on the 9th through social media Twitter, pointing out that the EU has done little in the year since the announcement of withdrawal in the United States, leaving the United States to bully and expressing regret.
Zarif said that EU countries should fulfil their commitments under the agreement and maintain normal economic relations with Iran, rather than demanding that Iran unilaterally implement a multilateral agreement.
Iran reached an Iranian nuclear agreement with the United States and other six countries in July 2015, promising to limit its nuclear program in exchange for the lifting of sanctions imposed on it by the international community. The United States announced on May 8 last year that it would withdraw from the Iranian nuclear agreement and resume sanctions against Iran.
Reuters interpreted that the blockade of Iran by the United States in the economic, political and diplomatic fields over the past year and Irans recent tough response have put American European allies in a dilemma; on the one hand, these European countries are concerned about Irans actions and on the other hand, they believe that the pressure exerted by the U.S. government may have counterproductive effects.
[Americas High-profile Again
US President Trump admitted at a temporary White House press conference on September 9 that the deployment of the carrier strike group Abraham Lincoln and a B-52 strategic bomber contingent to the Gulf waters by the US military may increase the risk of US-Iraqi military confrontation. He did not explain what intelligence was used to send carrier strike groups.
Trump said he was willing to meet with Iranian leaders, but they should call first. If they do that, we are open to discussion.
Iran has not responded for the time being, having previously rejected Trumps similar invitation.
US Fifth Fleet Commander Malloy said in an exclusive interview with Reuters on the same day that intelligence showed that US forces deployed in the Middle East might be attacked by Iran. Nevertheless, according to his own judgment, he would send an aircraft carrier into the Strait of Hormuz.
If I think its necessary for an aircraft carrier to enter the Strait, Ill give an order. He said U.S. carriers could sail to any region of the Middle East without any fetters.
Malloy did not specify whether carriers would be dispatched into the Strait of Hormuz in the near future, nor did he elaborate on the threat to the U.S. military in the Middle East, but said that the threat mainly came from Iranian missiles, which could use new technologies and be offensive weapons, which would destabilize the region.
Several U.S. government officials, who declined to be named, said Iran had installed missiles on some speedboats that could be launched from small vessels.
Source of this article: Xinhua responsible editor: Li Xi_N2587