Iran’s foreign minister says his country is committed to an international nuclear deal but that the escalating U.S. sanctions are “unacceptable.”

The remarks come amid rising tensions in the Mideast, with allegations of sabotage targeting oil tankers near the Persian Gulf, a drone attack by Yemen’s Iranian-allied rebels and the dispatch of U.S. warships and bombers to the region.

Foreign Minister Mohammad Zarif told Japanese officials on Thursday in Tokyo that his country’s response to the U.S. actions is within the frameworks of the current nuclear deal and Iran’s rights.

Saudi Arabia said drones attacked one of its pipeline.;
Saudi Arabia said drones attacked one of its pipeline.;

Iran recently threatened to resume higher enrichment in 60 days if no new nuclear deal is in place, beyond the level permitted by the current one between Tehran and world powers. The U.S. pulled out of the deal last year.

In this Friday, May 10, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Navy, logistics specialists attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the  Persian Gulf. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Smalley, U.S. Navy via AP)
In this Friday, May 10, 2019 photo released by the U.S. Navy, logistics specialists attach cargo to an MH-60S Sea Hawk helicopter on the flight deck of the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS Abraham Lincoln in the Persian Gulf. (Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class Amber Smalley, U.S. Navy via AP)
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the Saudi-flagged oil tanker Al Marzoqa off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)
This satellite image provided by Maxar Technologies shows the Saudi-flagged oil tanker Al Marzoqa off the coast of Fujairah, United Arab Emirates, Monday, May 13, 2019. (Satellite image ©2019 Maxar Technologies via AP)
FILE - In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, people watch the U.S. flag as it is raised during a ceremony marking the opening of the new U. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)
FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2009 file photo, people watch the U.S. flag as it is raised during a ceremony marking the opening of the new U. (AP Photo/Hadi Mizban, File)

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