Meanwhile, the Sultan of Oman said Tehran is now serious about negotiations. He revealed... Iran is seeking a nuclear capability [... like Japan], but doesn't intend to construct a nuclear weapon per se. The Sultan delivered a message from the Obama administration to the highest levels of the Iranian Clerical elite... 'that the closure of the Straits would have grave consequences'. Sultan Bin Said was the one responsible for negotiating the release of US hostages from Iran. Recently, Oman also helped free French aid workers in Yemen. It should be noted, Oman has respectful relations with Tehran... but views them as a strategic threat.
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