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Iran showing 'maximum restraint,' US escalation 'unacceptable': Zarif

AFP  |  Tokyo 

is showing "maximum restraint" despite the US withdrawal from a nuclear deal, the country's said Thursday, accusing of an "unacceptable" escalation in tensions.

"The escalation by the is unacceptable," said in where he is holding talks with Japanese officials.

"We exercise maximum restraint... in spite of the fact that the withdrew from JCPOA last May," he added, referring to the nuclear deal known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

He added that remains "committed" to the deal, and said continuing assessments showed was in compliance with the multilateral agreement.

Tensions between the and were already high after withdrew from the nuclear deal a year ago.

But they have been ratcheted up significantly in recent weeks amid increased US pressure over alleged threats from Iran.

Earlier this month, Trump's announced the deployment of the USS Abraham Lincoln group and a bomber force to the Gulf.

Days later, the added a defence battery and an amphibious assault ship to the deployment.

And on Wednesday the US ordered the partial evacuation of its and consulate in Arbil citing specific threats posed by Iraqi militias alleged controlled by

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First Published: Thu, May 16 2019. 08:35 IST