On Sunday, Iran called Britain’s seizure of an Iranian oil tanker a breach of an ailing 2015 nuclear, after remaining parties to the accord met in Vienna in a bid to keep it alive. In early July, Britain detained an Iranian oil tanker off the UK overseas territory of Gibraltar on allegations it was breaching EU sanctions on Syria.
Following the incident, on July 19, a British-flagged tanker was detained by Iran’s Revolutionary Guards along with its 23 crew abroad in the Strait of Hormuz on July 19. The move has been considered by the UK as a tit-for-tat move.
Iranian Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araghchi, after a meeting in Vienna, told the reporters that the tanker row to discussions over the nuclear deal formally known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).
“Since Iran is entitled to export its oil according to the JCPOA, any impediment in the way of Iran’s export of oil is actually against the JCPOA,” Araghchi said. In the meeting the issue of oil exports and the US’ attempt to prevent them, was raised, he added.
“I think the atmosphere was constructive and the discussions were good, I cannot say that we resolved everything,” he said. Araghchi repeated after Sunday’s meeting that the remaining parties to the JCPOA wanted to meet “soon” at ministerial level.
One month after a similar meeting was held between Britain, France, Germany, China, Russia, and Iran in the Austrian capital which also failed to achieve any success.
Chair of the meeting secretary-general of the European External Action Service Helga Schmid suggested in a statement that a stalemate still prevailed, saying only that “participants reaffirmed their continued commitment to preserving the JCPOA.”
Iranian nuclear projects in Arak and Fordow had the participants’ “strong support” said the statement. Another meeting “would be convened in the near future,” it added.