In the international negotiations to reach a historic deal over Iran’s nuclear program, France had taken one of the hardest lines, and Rouhani’s visit is meant as a rapprochement – though whether it will amount to that remains unclear. Following the sweeping deal that would lift international sanctions in exchange for limits on Iran’s nuclear capability with strict monitoring, European companies and governments are tripping over themselves to court the Iranians.
Italy, Germany and other nations have already dispatched trade missions and senior ministers to Tehran in preparation for what they hope will be a green light to turn on the spigots of investment early next year.
In a statement, the Guards said: 'The supercarrier USS Nimitz and its accompanying warship, while being monitored by the Guards' frigates, flew a helicopter near the Resalat oil and gas platform and approached the force's ships.'The Americans in a provocative and unprofessional move, sent a warning message to the frigates and fired flares.' An Iranian vessel making a close approach to a US coastal patrol ship USS Thunderbolt, right.
The US Navy patrol boat fired warning shots near the Iranian vessel that American sailors said came dangerously close to them during a tense encounter in the Persian Gulf.
Iran's Revolutionary Guard later blamed the American ship for provoking the situation The nuclear-powered, Nimitz-class USS Ronald Reagan is seen docked at Yokosuka U. Naval Base at Yokosuka in southern of Tokyo in Kanagawa Prefecture, Japan, on October 02, 2015.
Iran say this ship was among the fleet that fired the warning shots at one of its patrol boats The Guards 'ignored the unconventional move by the US ships and continued their mission, after which the supercarrier and its warship left the area,' the statement added.
The food fracas comes as Rouhani is staging his first official trip to Europe as president, one meant to herald Iran’s economic coming out after a long period of international sanctions.
The French, RTL said, counter offered with a presumably alcohol-free breakfast — which the Iranians promptly rejected because it appeared too “cheap.” The two leaders will now reportedly settle for a face-to-face chat next Tuesday.
A spokeswoman for the Elysée Palace declined immediate comment on the wine and halal spat.
But it captured an interesting moment, both for France and Iran.
A US Navy ship has fired flares at an Iranian patrol boat in the Persian Gulf on the day Tehran condemned new sanctions on its missile programme.
Iran's Revolutionary Guards said on Saturday that the US Navy had approached their patrol vessels in the Gulf and fired flares in what it called a provocative move yesterday afternoon.