EU package does not cover all demands of Iran

Mohammad Ali Jafari, commander of the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, Iran's most powerful military force, told Iranian media: "We will make the enemy understand that either all can use the Strait of Hormuz or no one".

Meanwhile, EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said Iran and the remaining parties to the JCPOA have agreed to continue talking, including on economic measures, over how to save the nuclear deal after the U.S. withdrawal.

Speaking on July 6, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said it was unlikely European powers would be able to put together an economic package for Iran that would salvage its nuclear deal before November and warned Tehran to stop threatening to break its commitments to the accord. Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the OPEC producer's oil from November 4 or face financial consequences. This was extrapolated by United States officials as a threaten to shut down all regional oil shipping, when it could just as easily be interpreted as noting that Iran can basically export its oil under the guise of it coming from other regional countries, which is common behavior during sanctions.

"The US and its partners provide, and promote security and stability in the region", Central Command spokesman Navy Captain Bill Urban said in an email to Reuters.

Ahead of the talks, Iranian President Hassan Rohani told the leaders of France and Germany that a European package of economic measures to counter the effects of US sanctions does not go far enough, Iranian news agencies are reporting.

USA commanders are issuing a flurry of statements Thursday promising to use military force to ensure "freedom of navigation" in the Strait of Hormuz.

With a third of the world's sea-borne oil passing through it every day, the Strait of Hormuz is a strategic artery linking Middle East crude producers to key markets in Asia Pacific, Europe, North America and beyond.

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Ahead of the talks, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said preserving the deal was critical, and that the treaty states would send a "united, determined and strong signal" that they were committed to it despite Trump's decision.

The Iranian president said there was no action plan or "a clear method in the proposed package for the continuation of cooperation and, similar to the previous European Union statements, it only contained general commitments".

The top Iranian diplomat said the participants at the Vienna meeting agreed to take "good measures" to save the JCPOA.

"The participants recognized that, in return for the implementation by Iran of its nuclear-related commitments, the lifting of sanctions, including the economic dividends arising from it, constitutes an essential part of the JCPOA", Mogherini told reporters after the meeting without taking questions.

Iran, which strongly denies ever seeking to build a nuclear bomb, has warned it could resume uranium enrichment for civilian purposes if the deal collapses.

Despite the U.S. threat to penalise companies and banks that do business with Iran, the remaining signatories said they would work to promote investment and trade.

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