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US Rejects Iran Foreign Minister's Hospital Visit Unless American Freed

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Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif center far right and others in the Iranian delegation listens to Iran's President Hassan Rouhani addre

On Friday, the United States rejected a request by Zarif to visit Iran's United Nations Ambassador Majid Takht Ravanchi in a hospital in NY.

Washington unleashed a cyberwar against Tehran that endangered "millions" of its citizens when it attacked Iranian nuclear facilities, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has said.

The U.S. State Department has said it would allow Zarif to visit Iranian Ambassador to the UN Majid Takht Ravanchi if Iran released one of several U.S. citizens it "wrongfully detained".

The willingness by nations to engage in diplomacy comes on the heels of an aborted effort by the United States to restart negotiations following Iran's release last month of Lebanese national Nizar Zakka, who also is a permanent USA resident, according to reports. Zarif is in NY for the annual gathering of world leaders at the United Nations.

Zarif is now in NY for the UN General Assembly, an annual gathering of world leaders.

The spat comes amid heightened tension between Tehran and Washington following U.S. President Donald Trump's decision over a year ago to unilaterally withdraw from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal.

The Stena Impero sailed from Iran and into global waters of the Gulf on Friday morning, according to local authorities.

Erik Hanell, the chief executive of Sweden's Stena Bulk, which owns the ship, said: 'Finally approaching berth in Dubai right now'. The Iranian ship was released in August.

The Persian Gulf tensions have also seen a series of attacks across the Middle East that the USA blames on Iran. "We have relayed to the Iranian mission that the travel request will be granted if Iran releases a United States citizen".

In late July the US Treasury brought unprecedented sanctions against the Iranian top diplomat as part of the administration's "maximum pressure" campaign.

The British-flagged oil tanker Stena Impero has docked in Dubai, pool reports and a tracking website said, after it sailed from the Iranian port of Bandar Abbas where it was held for over two months. They reached their height on September 14, with a missile and drone attack on the world's largest oil processor in Saudi Arabia and an oil field, which caused oil prices to spike by the biggest percentage since the 1991 Gulf War.

"Any change on JCPOA's text causing an increase in Iran's commitment and a decrease in that of other parties would act against the national interest of the Islamic Republic", he added.

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