Vice President Mike Pence says the US will keep up pressure on Iran as the nuclear deal between the Islamic Republic and world powers appears to be crumbling.
“Nine crew members have been released and they will be on their way to India soon,” foreign ministry spokesman Raveesh Kumar said.
European countries on Tuesday urged Iran to reverse its decision to increase uranium enrichment.
All parties to the 2015 nuclear deal with Iran want to safeguard the accord and strongly oppose Washington’s decision to unilaterally re-impose sanctions on Tehran, the head of the Chinese delegation said after a meeting of the pact members.
Iran warned Britain’s next prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday that it will “protect” waters of the oil-rich Gulf, amid a standoff between the two countries over the seizure of tankers.
Iran’s seizure of a British-flagged oil tanker in the Strait of Hormuz was a “legal measure,” the spokesman for the republic’s government said on Monday.
US President Donald Trump said late on Thursday that an Iranian drone was destroyed after threatening an American naval vessel at the entrance of the Strait of Hormuz.
Britain said it was urgently seeking information about the Stena Impero after the tanker, which had been heading to a port in Saudi Arabia, suddenly changed course after passing through the Strait of Hormuz at the mouth of the Gulf.
“So far, efforts to win gestures from Iran to de-escalate the crisis are not succeeding (as) Tehran is demanding the lifting of sanctions on its oil and banking sectors first,” a European diplomatic source told Reuters.