Iran-US tensions: ‘There can be no conflict’, says Zarif

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is seen in Tokyo, JapanPicture copyright

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Iranian Overseas Minister Zarif says folks round US President Trump are “pushing him in the direction of conflict”

Iran’s overseas minister has mentioned he doesn’t consider a conflict will get away within the area amid issues over rising tensions with the US.

Mohammad Javad Zarif advised state information company IRNA that Tehran didn’t need a conflict, and that no nation had the “thought or phantasm that it may confront Iran”.

The US has deployed warships and planes to the Gulf in current days over what it has described as Iranian “threats”.

However US President Donald Trump has mentioned he desires to keep away from battle.

Chatting with IRNA on the finish of a go to to China on Saturday, Mr Zarif mentioned Mr Trump “doesn’t need conflict, however the folks round him are pushing him in the direction of conflict underneath the pretext of constructing America stronger towards Iran”.

He added: “There can be no conflict as a result of neither we wish a conflict, nor has anybody the concept or phantasm that it may confront Iran within the area.”

Why are there tensions?

The most recent tensions between the 2 international locations got here after Iran suspended its commitments underneath the worldwide nuclear deal and threatened to renew manufacturing of enriched uranium.

The 2015 deal aimed to chop sanctions on Iran in change for an finish to its nuclear programme, however the US withdrew from it final yr and imposed new sanctions.

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Media captionThe BBC’s Paul Adams seems on the current developments behind the US-Iran tensions

The US has deployed warships and planes to the Gulf and ordered the departure of “non-emergency workers” from Iraq, citing intelligence a couple of potential risk to US forces by Iran.

US investigators have additionally accused Iran or the teams it helps of utilizing explosives to wreck 4 tankers off the United Arab Emirates earlier this month. Tehran has denied the allegations.

Flight and transport warnings

Whereas leaders on either side have insisted they don’t need conflict, tensions within the Gulf stay heightened.

US diplomats warned on Saturday that industrial airways flying within the space threat being “misidentified”.

An order, issued by the Federal Aviation Administration and relayed by diplomats in Kuwait and the UAE, mentioned plane operators wanted to pay attention to “heightened army actions and elevated political rigidity”.

Insurance coverage market Lloyd’s of London on Friday additionally widened its record of areas in and across the Gulf that pose an “enhanced threat for marine insurers”.

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