News ID: 261133
Published: 1144 GMT November 04, 2019

Iran rejects WSJ report on request for US consular services

Iran rejects WSJ report on request for US consular services

Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman vehemently rejected a report claiming that Tehran has recently called for the creation of a US consular office in the Swiss Embassy in Tehran.

The remarks were made by Seyyed Abbas Mousavi, in which he dismissed as untrue the report published by the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) on Monday, Tasnim News Agency reported.  

“A US official said Iran had recently asked for the creation of a consular service [section] through the Swiss, who represent US interests in Tehran,” the report said on Sunday.

“Iran, this US official said, hopes the consular service can be used to facilitate negotiations over prisoner swaps,” it added.

The remarks came against the backdrop of increased tensions between Iran and the US with Washington imposing new sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

The US has ratcheted up pressure on Iran since last year after withdrawing from the 2015 nuclear deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), signed between Tehran and the P5+1.

Since then, the administration of US President Donald Trump is trying to reduce Iran’s oil exports to “zero,” and has sent an aircraft carrier strike group, a bomber squad, an amphibious assault ship and a Patriot missile battery to the Middle East to try to stack up pressure on Tehran.

Iranian officials, however, have dismissed such moves as psychological warfare, saying the country has its own ways of circumventing the American bans and selling crude oil.


Resource: Tasnim News Agency
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