Iran's president says his country does "not wage war with any nation" and that "the entire Iranian nation is unanimous in confronting" USA pressures.
Iran said on Monday it would soon breach limits on how much-enriched uranium it can stockpile under the deal, which a White House National Security Council spokesman said amounted to "nuclear blackmail". They also question whether Trump can be trusted to negotiate given that the president pulled the country out of the deal a year ago.
Talking on Iranian TV, President Rouhani acknowledged the worldwide neighborhood could explore that it change into once the U.S., not Iran, that change into once performing badly.
"The countdown to pass the 300 kilogrammes reserve of enriched uranium has started and in 10 days time we will pass this limit", Iran's atomic energy organisation spokesman Behrouz Kamalvandi had said on Monday at a press conference broadcast live. The official said Iranian authorities detained and transferred some of the US agents to the judiciary, while other detained agents were undergoing further investigation.
The U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia and Israel have put the blame on Iran, while other allies such as Germany and Japan have demanded more evidence.
The US evacuated hundreds of diplomatic staff from its Baghdad embassy last month, citing unspecified threats from Iran against US interests in Iraq.
It's a test of resolve and credibility for the United States and Iran as the two adversaries take steps sure to further inflame tensions in the Mideast and draw them closer to a flashpoint.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu was a vocal opponent of the deal and lobbied hard against it, as did many foreign policy hawks in Congress.
The 2015 nuclear pact seeks to head off any pathway to an Iranian nuclear bomb in return for the removal of most global sanctions. President Trump should not forget it.
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The spokesman for Iran's Atomic Energy Organization, Behrouz Kamalvandi, was quoted as saying by Tasnim news agency as saying: "Iran's two-month deadline to remaining signatories of the JCPOA [nuclear deal] can not be extended, and the second phase will be implemented exactly as planned".
In Congress, some lawmakers expressed worry that the gradual buildup of US troops in the Middle East could become a slippery slope. "But that won't stop me from saying we have to do everything to solve the conflict situation with Iran in a peaceful manner".
Pompeo also accused Iran's government of attacking two oil tankers in the Gulf of Oman on Thursday.
Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D., Mass.) tweeted Tuesday that President Donald Trump "provoked" the ongoing crisis with Iran and was possibly heading toward "another forever war". That photograph and others taken from a US Navy helicopter, show, according to the Department of Defence a limpet mine being removed from the side of the Kokuka Courageous oil tanker in the Gulf of Oman.
For the US, the Middle East "remains a vitally important region to our national security interests, where the Department (of Defense) strives to maintain a favorable balance of power, deny safe havens to terrorists, and secure critical trade routes and ensure freedom of navigation", Gleason added.
"In particular, the United States should change its practice of extreme pressure", Wang said.
Warren, like most of her Senate Democratic colleagues, supported the nuclear deal when it was inked by the Obama administration.
In an effort to keep Iran's economy afloat and save an agreement they believe has stopped Iran from developing a nuclear weapon, the Europeans are turning to diplomacy to try to encourage other countries to buy more Iranian oil.