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United States envoy says Iran can not 'hold world hostage' with nuclear deal

United States envoy says Iran can not 'hold world hostage' with nuclear deal

The US State Department on Tuesday issued a travel warning advising citizens to avoid traveling to Iran, replacing one from 2016, "to reiterate and highlight the risk of arrest and detention for US citizens, particularly dual national Iranian-Americans".

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on August 15 said Iran is trying to "hold the world hostage" by warning that it might quit the 2015 nuclear agreement because of continued U.S. "sanctions and coercion".

IN an apparent tit-for-tat to American sanctions, Iranian Parliament has approved more than half a billion dollars in funding for the country's missile programme and foreign operations of the elite Revolutionary Guards.

Rouhani's comments come with the nuclear deal under mounting pressure after Tehran carried out missile tests and strikes, and Washington imposed new sanctions - with each accusing the other of violating the spirit of the agreement. This does not augur well for regional peace and stability as any boost in Iranian missile programme also raises concerns in Arab capitals besides upsetting the United States over the question of safety and security of the Jewish state.

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It was not immediately clear what Rouhani was referring to - and whether he meant Iran could restart centrifuges enriching uranium to higher and more risky levels. "Those who are trying to go back to the language of threats and sanctions are prisoners of their past hallucinations". She added that Iran, under no circumstances, can ever be allowed to have nuclear weapons.

"We need to do whatever we can to preserve it", Dujarric said.

Iran has said the new US sanctions amount to a "hostile" breach of the 2015 nuclear deal.


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