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Iran, EU try to save nuclear deal

15 May, 2018, 21:45 | Author: Lucille Rivera
  • 2015 nuclear deal should have targeted Iran's policies

"We appreciate the opportunity to meet in Moscow and exchange views on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), around which, to put it bluntly, the crisis situation has developed", Lavrov said while opening the meeting with Zarif.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif on Monday discussed the future of Iran nuclear deal after the USA withdrawal. Britain, France, Germany, Russia, and China had tried to convince Trump to keep the United States in the deal, saying it was the best way to prevent Iran from developing nuclear weapons.

Last week U.S. President Donald Trump pulled out of a landmark nuclear deal between Iran, the U.S. and its European allies.

"It is going to be very hard for us to preserve the economic benefits of the Iran deal", one senior European diplomat said.

Zarif is on a diplomatic tour of China, Russia and Europe, the other backers of the agreement who strongly opposed Trump's decision and hope to salvage the deal.

It comes after Iranian President Hassan Rohani confirmed Tehran would remain in the nuclear accord provided that the nation's interests were protected.

On Monday Zarif also sent a letter to the United Nations in which he accused the U.S. of showing a "complete disregard for worldwide law" in pulling out of the deal.

"We agreed over the importance of full implementation of the nuclear deal. and preserving the interests of Iran and all those remaining parties." he said.

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He said at least four attackers, armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns, still appeared to be fighting police. Mr Qaderi's account of the attack also varied from Khugyani's.

In statements prior to his decision to withdraw from the agreement and to re-impose crippling economic sanctions on Iran, Trump said he had no intention of changing course on a campaign promise that he made almost two years ago when he pledged to reverse his predecessor Barack Obama's landmark accord with Tehran.

Mogherini said "the aim" is to see how Iran and the Europeans "can coordinate actions" in order to preserve the deal.

The EU's energy commissioner is also traveling this week to Iran to discuss strengthening European energy support to Iran.

According to Ms Mogherini, the deal is capable of surviving without United States support as long as Iran continues to agree to stand by it.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini upon his arrival to Brussels May 15 morning, Iranian media reported.

They include retaliatory sanctions, allowing the European Investment Bank to invest directly in Iran and co-ordinating euro-denominated credit lines from European governments.

But European diplomats briefed on the Brussels meeting acknowledged that the EU support, however honest, risked looking hollow after Trump last week reimposed an array of wide sanctions on the Islamic Republic that will hit European companies investing in Iran.

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