Donald Trump cannot drag the US into another war ahead of an election and Iran is suffering from a crumbling economy and an increasingly frustrated populace.
On the face of it, Shinzo Abe’s visit was a failure, however, by going and speaking to the Iranians the US has established a backdoor channel.
Experts say Iran and its adversaries could benefit from the ongoing naval escalation and also question the timing of Thursday's attacks on oil tankers as Japan's PM Shinzo Abe was having a meeting with Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei.
Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei says Iran will never repeat its "bitter experience of previous negotiations with America in the framework of the JCPOA,” the nuclear deal.
Last week, Iran notified China, France, Germany, Russia and the UK of its decision to halt some commitments under the 2015 nuclear deal, a year after the US unilaterally withdrew from the accord and re-imposed sanctions.
Both the US and Iran are reluctant to make the first move towards talks and if it remains that way a third-party should initiate contact before tensions reach a boiling point.
The statement from the head of Iranian parliament’s national security committee came after reports that the United States is expected to designate the Revolutionary Guards as a foreign terrorist organisation next week.
The Iranian president met Iraqi president Barham Salih and Iraqi Grand Ayatollah Sistani is a sign to Washington in times where US officials visited Iraq frequently.
Prominent Iranian human rights lawyer and women's rights defender Nasrin Sotoudeh was arrested in June and charged with spying, spreading propaganda and insulting Iran's supreme leader.
President Hassan Rouhani said the resignation of Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif was against Iran's national interests. Zarif is a key supporter of the president who is facing pressure over Trump's shredding of a multiparty nuclear deal.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif resigned late without warning, offering an "apology" to the nation as the nuclear deal he negotiated with world powers stands on the verge of collapse after the US withdrawal from the accord.
Hundreds of thousands of Iranians across the country attended events marking the 40th anniversary of the Iranian Revolution, where the rallying cry ranged from "Death to America" to "Death to Israel".
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