Iran’s president has announced that Tehran will begin injecting uranium gas into 1,044 centrifuges, in the latest step away from its nuclear deal with world powers since the US president, Donald Trump, withdrew from the accord over a year ago. The development is significant as the centrifuges previously spun empty, without gas injection, under the terms of the landmark 2015 accord known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
An Iranian oil tanker has been damaged near the Saudi port city of Jeddah in what Iranian media said was a rocket attack. The explosion caused an oil leak into the Red Sea but the leak was brought under control, according to the Iranian news agency IRNA. The crew was reported to be safe. It was the latest incident in the region amid months of heightened tensions.
British prime minister Boris Johnson has called for the immediate release of Nazanin Zaghari-Ratcliffe and other dual nationals imprisoned in Iran during a meeting with Iran’s President Hassan Rouhani in New York, a Downing Street spokesperson said in a statement. Johnson also “raised our deep concern about Iran’s destabilizing activity in the region, including the attacks on the Aramco oil facilities, and insisted this must stop,” the spokesperson said.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani will present a plan for creating security in the Gulf in cooperation with other countries in the region when he attends the United Nations General Assembly in New York this week. Saudi Arabia and the United States accuse Iran of attacking Saudi oil facilities on Sept. 14, the biggest such assault on the world’s top oil exporter.
Three Australian citizens – two of whom also hold British passports – have been arrested and detained in Iran. Iran has targeted Iranian dual-national citizens in recent years, but the detention of foreign citizens who do not hold Iranian nationality is unusual. The Australian government is leading negotiations with Tehran over the conditions and potential release of all three arrested.
Iran will not talk to the United States until all sanctions imposed on Tehran are lifted, President Hassan Rouhani has said, a day after US President Donald Trump said he would meet his Iranian counterpart to try to end a nuclear standoff. Rouhani’s comments indicated a change of heart, a day after he had expressed readiness to negotiate a way out of the crisis.
Iran has sold the oil on the tanker which was detained by Royal Marines off Gibraltar, an Iranian government spokesperson has said. Iran did not say who it had been sold to but requested that the tanker be sent to the recipient. America has a warrant out for the ship and has warned nations not to accept it. After setting out from Gibraltar, the Adrian Darya first navigated to Greece, which refused to let it refuel.
The Iranian tanker caught in a standoff between Tehran and the West left Gibraltar on Sunday night, shipping data showed, hours after the British territory rejected a U.S. request to detain the vessel further. The tanker’s detention ended last week, but a federal court in Washington on Friday issued a warrant for the seizure of the tanker, the oil it carries and nearly $1 million. Gibraltar said on Sunday it could not comply with that request because it was bound by EU law.
An Iranian supertanker has been released by Gibraltar on Thursday after being held for more than a month on suspicions it was trying to provide crude oil to Bashar Assad’s Syrian regime in violation of European Union sanctions. The Iranian vessel had been held in Gibraltar since July 4 and officials from the Islamic Republic have been demanding its release.
A British-Iranian dual national has been arrested in western Iran, according to his family. The wife of Kameel Ahmady, a social anthropologist, said he was taken into custody on Sunday from their home without a reason being given. Mr Ahmady has researched female genital mutilation and child marriage in Iran, among other subjects. The new alleged arrest comes as high tensions, caused by oil tankers seizures, continue between the two countries.