Iran urges diplomacy to lower tensions, but decries tanker incident

Iran urges diplomacy to lower tensions, but decries tanker incidentIran on Monday urged regional powers to use diplomacy to reduce tensions including Yemen’s war, but cautioned that an Iranian tanker damaged in the Red Sea last week had been hit by rockets and there would have to be consequences. Addressing a news conference, President Hassan Rouhani reiterated policy toward the Trump administration, ruling out bilateral talks unless Washington returns to a landmark nuclear deal and lifts crippling U.S. economic sanctions. Tensions in the Gulf have risen to new highs since May 2018, when the administration of President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 accord with Tehran that put limits on its nuclear program in exchange for the easing of sanctions.



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