Iran is preparing for withdrawal from parts of nuclear deal: report
TEHERAN: I Ran On Wednesday, It Will Announce That It Is Partially Withdrawing From The Nuclear Deal It Struck With World Powers, The State-run News Agency Reported, One Year Until The Day President Donald Trump Pulled America Out Of The Deal.
The terms of the withdrawal remain unclear, though the IRNA news agency said President Hassan Rouhani will explain I Ran 's decision in letters to leaders of Britain, France and Germany that will be handed to ambassadors in Tehran. I Ran ian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif separately will write to the European Union, the agency said. Details of the letters will not be publicly disclosed, it said.
The letters will come as officials in the Islamic Republic previously warned that I Ran might increase its uranium enrichment, potentially pulling away from a deal it has sought to salvage for months. Already, the White House has announced the deployment of a US aircraft carrier and a bomber wing to the Persian Gulf over unspecified threats from I Ran .
The United Nations' nuclear watchdog says I Ran has continued to comply with the terms of the 2015 nuclear deal, which saw it limit its enrichment of uranium in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions. But American sanctions have wreaked havoc on I Ran 's already-anemic economy, while promised help from European partners in the deal haven't alleviated the pain.
The US last week stopped issuing waivers for countries importing I Ran ian crude oil, a crucial source of cash for I Ran 's government. It also halted waivers allowing I Ran to store excess heavy water in Oman and to swap enriched uranium for raw yellowcake with Russia.
Trump Ran A Campaign To Make A Promise To Violate The Deal That Was Hit By His Predecessor Barack Obama. While Trump Tried To Dismantle Much Of Obama's Policy, He Especially Criticized The Fact That He Did Not Go Into Tehran ' S Program For Ballistic Missiles And What He Described As Its Evil Influence On The Rest Of The Middle East.
A Statement Sunday Night From US National Security Adviser John Bolton Said The USS Abraham Lincoln, Other Ships In The Carrier ' S Strike Group And A Bomber Wing Would Fly To The Middle East. Bolton Accused A Number Of Troubling And Escalating Indications And Warnings Without Working Out.
"The United States is not seeking war with the I Ran ian regime, but we are fully prepared to respond to any attack, whether by proxy, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, or regular I Ran ian forces," Bolton said.
A spokesman for I Ran 's Supreme National Security Council, Keivan Khosravi, dismissed Bolton's comments as "psychological warfare."
I Ran 's hard-line Javan newspaper, associated with the Revolutionary Guard, said Wednesday would "ignite the matchstick for burning the deal." It suggested in its Tuesday edition that I Ran may install advanced centrifuges at its Natanz facility and begin enrichment at its Fordo facility, activities prohibited under the nuclear deal.
The USS Abraham Lincoln Was Active In The Mediterranean Alongside The USS John C. Stennis, Another Aircraft Carrier That Has Stood Twice In The Persian Gulf Over The Past Months.
However, US Military Officials Stopped The Virtually Uninterrupted Presence Of Aircraft Carriers In The Persian Gulf, A Pattern Following The Gulf War In 1991. US Air Force Bases Scattered Across The Region Fighters And Drones Can Scramble Decrease The Need Of An Aircraft Carrier Because US Officials Are Also Concerned About China And Russia.
Already In The Persian Gulf, A Group Of American Navy Warships Is Led By The USS Kearsarge, An Amphibious Assault Ship With Troops From The 22nd Marine Expeditionary Unit. The Kearsarge Also Has AV-8B Harrier Fighter Jets, MH-60 Helicopters And MV-22 Osprey Planes.
In The Broader 5th Fleet, 17 Warships Were Deployed, According To The Most Recent Count By The US Naval Institute, Which Tracks Global Deployment.
The 5th Fleet In Bahrain Refused To Comment On The White House Announcement When It Was Reached By The AP On Monday.
It Also Remains Unclear Which Bomber Wing Would Be Deployed In The Region. Typically, The Al-Udeid Air Base In Qatar, Home To The Front Headquarters Of The US Army Central Command. Hosts Such Bombers.
At The End Of March, The Air Force Recognized A Rare Gap In The Coverage Of Bombers In The Middle East After A Squadron Of B-1 Lancers Left Al-Udeid To Return To Texas. B-52 Bombers Were Also Deployed In The Area To Continue Attacks On The Islamic State Group, The First Time The Aging Aircraft Was Deployed In The Region In 25 Years.
Al-Udeid Officials, Where The F-35 Jet Fighter Is Also, Refused To Answer Questions From The AP.
The Trump administration, which abruptly announced in December that it was pulling out of Syria, still maintains 2,000 US troops in the northern part of the war-torn country. Officials suggest they serve as a check on I Ran ian ambitions and help ensure that Islamic State fighters do not regroup. No significant US forces have so far withdrawn from Syria.
Trump has also said he has no plans to withdraw the 5,200 troops stationed in Iraq as part of a security agreement to advise, assist and support the country's troops in the fight against IS. Earlier this year, Trump angered Iraqi politicians and I Ran ian-backed factions by saying troops should stay there to keep an eye on neighboring I Ran .