Iran foreign minister scrambles to China and Russian Federation to save nuclear deal

Iran foreign minister scrambles to China and Russian Federation to save nuclear deal

Iran foreign minister scrambles to China and Russian Federation to save nuclear deal

"This was an agreement which was deliberately kept narrow to deal with Iran's nuclear program".

The nations that were hyper critical for the U.S. on its decision to break away from the 2015 deal had their economic interests at heart rather than the virtues of the deal.

"I think the president said in his statement on Tuesday that countries that continue to deal with Iran could face United States sanctions", he said.

"We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement", Zarif said.

"The wealth that was created in Iran as a result of the JCPOA drove Iranian malign activity". Citing data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the newspaper explained that Iranian military spending has increased by only about 30 percent from 2015, the year the Iran deal was reached, to last year.

White House National Security Advisor John Bolton looks on as U.S. President Donald Trump holds a cabinet meeting at the White House in Washington, U.S. May 9, 2018.

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.

While announcing his exit decision, Trump said the United States will impose "the highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, adding "any nation that helps Iran in its quest for nuclear weapons could also be strongly sanctioned by the United States".

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic. "This is why we need to cooperate in protecting our legitimate interests".

On Sunday, the Iranian foreign minister visited China and after his meeting with Lavrov he headed to Brussels to meet the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and the foreign ministers of Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

Analysts say China's presence in Iran will grow when the USA imposes sanctions.

Mohammad Javad Zarif's tour began two days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.

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

More than €143 million worth of Irish exports to Iran are under threat from USA president Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the worldwide nuclear deal and to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic state.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

"Yesterday, we witnessed a very risky behavior from the side of the same regime towards Jerusalem", he said while commenting on the expected relocation of the USA embassy.

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