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Iran, west have been locked in dispute over nuclear, regional conflicts

Iranian revolutionary guards onboard of confiscated Stena Impero
Iranian revolutionary guards onboard of confiscated Stena Impero

KUWAIT, Dec 29 (KUNA) -- A tug of political war has been ongoing between Iran and the West due to the nuclear agreement that was signed by six world powers and Tehran, as well as regional conflicts.
Following are major events related to the Iranian nuclear agreement in 2019.
Jan. 29: Iran turned down calls by the US and Europe to negotiate on curbing its ballistic missiles program.
Jan. 31: The UK, France and Germany launched a special financial strategy, allowing the EU to have commercial exchange with Iran, away from the US-imposed sanctions.
Feb. 2: Iran revealed its new long-range cruise missile called "Hoveizeh", as the country celebrates the 40th anniversary of the Islamic Revolution.
April 8: The US enlisted Iran's Islamic Revolutionary Guard as a terrorist organization.
April 22: The US cancelled exceptions on the US-imposed sanctions granted to five countries on buying oil from Iran, starting in May.
May 6: Washington sent the USS Abraham Lincoln aircraft carrier and bombers to the Middle East.
May 11: The US sent a patriot missile-defense system and aircraft carrier USS Arlington to the Middle East region, in the light of the rising tension with Iran.
May 15: Iran announced suspending some of its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal.
May 23: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani affirmed his country will not break under the US pressure, even if the latter launched air raids on the country.
May 24: The US announced sending 1,500 more soldiers to the Middle East, after the attack on oil tankers near the UAE's coasts.
May 29: The British Ministry of Defense refused paying back USD 500 billion to Iran, for a debt owed since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. The UK feared Tehran would use the money to fund acts of terrorism.
May 30: Supreme Leader of Iran Ali Khamenei affirmed that his country will not negotiate with the US over its nuclear and missiles programs.
June 9: Germany's Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Heiko Maas arrived in Tehran to discuss means of saving the nuclear deal and launching a joint work plan.
June 12: Prime Minister of Japan Shinzo Abe arrived in Tehran to discuss the ongoing tension with Washington over its nuclear program.
June 13: Two oil tankers were attacked in the Sea of Oman.
June 14: Iran strongly refused the US' accusation of Tehran, regarding the attack on two oil tankers in the Sea of Oman.
June 14: UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres called for a thorough investigation on the attack on oil tankers in the Sea of Oman.
June 16: Saudi's Crown Prince, Deputy Prime Minister and Defense Minister Mohammad bin Salman called on the international community to take serious action against Iran, after the attack on oil tankers in the Sea of Oman.
June 17: Iran announced that as of June 27, it will exceed the permitted percentage of enriched uranium stockpile, agreed upon in the nuclear deal.
June 18: The Pentagon announced sending 1,000 extra soldiers to the Middle East region, as tension with Iran rises.
June 18: Minister of Oil Bijan Zangeneh affirmed his country is facing difficulty in selling its oil in international markets, due to the US-imposed sanctions.
June 20: Iran took down a US drone with a surface to air missile.
June 21: Many Arab and international aviation companies changed their travel routes and prohibited flying over the Sea of Oman and the Strait of Hormuz, after Iran shot down a US drone.
June 23: The US launched a cyber attack on Iran's weapons systems.
June 24: US President Donald Trump announced imposing extra sanctions on Iran, targeting senior state officials including Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei.
July 1: The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) said that Iran's total stockpile of enriched uranium has exceeded 300 kg, beyond the allowed 3.67 percent cap stated in the 2015 nuclear deal between Iran and world powers.
July 4: Iran accused British authorities of seizing its oil tanker (Grace I) in Strait of Gibraltar.
July 4: Iran summoned British ambassador in Tehran to protest over UK's seizure of Iranian oil tanker (Grace I) in Strait of Gibraltar.
July 7: Iran announced increase in the level of its enriched uranium output to 5 percent from the allowed 3.67 percent stated in the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) deal with world powers.
July 15: Leaders of Britain, France, and Germany issued a joint statement urging Iran and the United States to return to the negotiating table over Tehran's nuclear program.
July 15: The EU affirmed that Iran's recent breaches of the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action were not serious enough to trigger the pact's dispute mechanism, calling Tehran to return to full commitment to the deal.
July 19: Iranian Revolutionary Guards seized British oil tanker "Stena Impero" in the Strait of Hormuz as a retaliation to Britain's seizure of Iran's oil tanker off Strait of Gibraltar.
July 28: The remaining signatories to the 2015 Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPA) held an emergency meeting in Vienna to discuss ways to salvage the nuclear pact, following the US withdrawal, and growing tensions in the Strait of Hormuz.
July 31: The US imposed sanctions on Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, including freezing any assets or funds he might own in the States. 

Aug 15: Authorities in Gibraltar have released the Iranian supertanker Grace 1, which was seized on July 4, after receiving assurances from Tehran that it would not discharge its cargo in Syria.
   Aug. 22: Iran showed willingness to discuss French President Emmanuel Macron's proposals aimed to salvage the 2015 JCPOA, including an EU's USD 15 billion-worth of loans to Tehran to limit its ballistic missile program and ease tension at the Lebanese-Israeli borders.
   Aug. 26: Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif made a surprise visit to the G7 summit in France, during which he met with French President Emmanuel Macron and held talks on Iranian nuclear deal.
   Aug. 26: US President Donald Trump announced willingness to meet with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani "under the right circumstances".
   Aug. 31: The United States blacklisted the Iranian-operated supertanker "Adrian Darya 1", claiming it has been used to deliver crude oil to Syria.
   Sept. 3: The US imposed sanctions on Iran Space Agency and two of its research institutes for activities that advance its ballistic missile program.
   Sept. 4: Iran released the seven-crew members of the UK-flagged ship "Stena Impero" on humanitarian grounds after six weeks in captivity.
   Sept. 7: Iran announced installing new modern centrifuges to increase uranium enrichment.
   Sept. 8: Iran announced its super tanker "Adrian Darya I" has unloaded its cargo in one of the Mediterranean Sea ports.
   Sept. 14: The US accused Iran of launching drone air strikes on two major oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
   Sept. 15: The UN and EU condemned attacks on Saudi oil facilities, and called all parties to exercise self-restraint, de-escalation, and compliance to the international law.
   Sept. 16: The US released satellite photos that allegedly revealed Iran's involvement in attacks on Saudi oil facilities.
   Sept. 17: The US identified areas in South Iran from which drones and cruise missiles were launched to target oil facilities in Saudi Arabia.
   Sept. 20: The US imposed new sanctions against Iran, targeting particularly Central Bank of Iran.
   Sept. 23: British Prime Minister Boris Johnson calls to hold a new nuclear deal with Iran that include Iranian rocket program. The US, in return, welcomed the British proposal.
   Sept. 23: EU-member states; Britain, France, and Germany issued a joint statement holding Iran responsible for the attacks on Saudi oil facilities, and demanding it to abstain from any further provocation in the Arabian Gulf region. Iran, in return, rejects the European statement.
   Sept. 24: Iranian President Hassan Rouhani expressed willingness to make amendments to the JCPOA if the US lift sanctions imposed on his country.
   Sept. 27: Iran released the British-flagged oil tanker "Stena Impero," which left Bandar Abbas port, where it had been detained since July 20, heading to territorial waters in the Gulf.
   Oct. 20: Iran announced operation of a secondary unit in Arak heavy water nuclear reactor, raising the country's heavy water production to 25 tons per year.
   Oct. 31: US Treasury Department placed Iranian oil tanker Adrian Darya-I in its black list because it was allegedly delivery oil to Syria.
   Nov. 4: The United States imposed sanctions on nine people with ties to Iran Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, including his son Mojtaba Khamenei and officials at Iran's Armed Forces General Staff.
   Nov. 4: Iran announced a tenfold increase in enriched uranium production at five kg per day.
   Nov. 5: Iranian President Rouhani announced the start of injecting uranium gas at the centrifuges at Fordow, as Iran reduced its commitments to the 2015 nuclear deal with major powers.
   Nov. 7: Iran cancelled the accreditation of International Atomic Energy Agency inspector after she triggered an alarm at Natanz uranium enrichment plant raising concern she could be carrying a suspect product.
   Nov. 8: Iran announced shooting down foreign drone aircraft near the port of Bandar-e-Mahshahr on the Gulf coast.
   Nov. 12: IAEA detected uranium particles at an undeclared site in central Iran.
   Nov. 18: IAEA said Iran breached another limit in its 2015 nuclear deal by accumulating slightly more than 130 tons of heavy water and increased stock of enriched uranium to 372.3 kg, well above the deal's 202.8-kg cap.
   Nov. 23: The United States imposed sanctions on Iran's communications minister Mohammad Jahromi for his role in wide scale internet censorship after the protests taking place in Iran.
   Dec. 2: Iranian Vice President Eshaq Jahangiri said Iran still selling its oil by using other means despite US sanctions on Tehran's exports.
   Dec. 2: Oman Foreign Minister Yusuf bin Alawi called from Tehran during his officials visit for regional conference with the participation of all relevant countries Gulf region countries and Iran to solve problems.
   Dec. 4: France, Germany and the United Kingdom sent letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Iran's missile file which inconsistent with a 2015 UN resolution.
   Dec. 5: Iran sent letter to UN affirmed its commitment to move forward in ballistic missiles file and space launch vehicles, in response to European countries letter to the UN.
   Dec. 5: US navy warship seized advanced missile parts linked to Iran from a boat in the Arabian Sea bounded for Houthi fighters in Yemen.
   Dec. 6: European powers and Iran held meeting in Vienna in an attempt to recoup the 2015 nuclear deal.
   Dec. 7: Iran freed American Princeton University graduate student Xiyue Wang held in Iran since 2016 as part of a prisoner swap for Iranian scientist Masoud Soleimani held in US 2018.
   Dec. 8: Iran's president has presented a draft state budget of about USD 39 billion to parliament, saying it was designed to resist US sanctions by limiting dependence on oil exports.
   Dec. 9: Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif said Iran ready for a full prisoner exchange with the US, following the success deal on Dec. 7.
   Dec. 11: US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo announced sanctioning Iran's Mahan Air for carrying weapons of mass destruction to Yemen.
   Dec. 19: US Treasury Department imposed sanctions on two Iranian judges for punishing protesters because they expressed their right of expression and assembly.
   Dec. 23: Iran announced the resumption of operations at the Arak Reactor.
   Dec. 24: IAEA top leadership affirmed that it did not receive explanation from Iran on the discovery of natural uranium particles in undisclosed locations in Tehran. (end)