Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after U.S. withdrawal

Iran nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after U.S. withdrawal

US President Donald Trump withdrew America from the historic Iran agreement last week, but other nations, including the UK, France, and Germany, have said that they will continue to uphold it.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Russian Federation has confirmed its preparedness to respect the seven-party nuclear agreement reached in 2015 despite the U.S. pullout.

China was closely involved in negotiating the agreement as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and has always been a close Iranian economic partner, buying about a third of Iran's oil shipments.

"If the remaining five countries in the deal live up to their commitments and guarantee Iran's interests, the agreement will survive", he said during a meeting with visiting Sri Lanka President Maithripala Sirisena.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that Russian Federation and Europe had a duty to "jointly defend their legal interests" in terms of the Iran deal. "Our talks (with the E3) will continue in the next two weeks", he said, referring to Britain, France and Germany. Iran has said it is preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe can provide solid guarantees that it can maintain trade ties despite renewed U.S. sanctions.

The sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran's economy, including petrochemicals, energy and finance. "The answer is, it's possible, it depends on the conduct of other governments", Bolton replied.

According to Zarif, the goal of his trip is to get guarantees from the other participants of the nuclear deal that the interests of Iran will be protected.




Le Drian expressed France's "determination to fight" so that the USA decisions don't hurt those companies that have invested in Iran.

"Let's not fool ourselves that are that dozens of things we can do", said a second senior European diplomat.

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

Zarif's visit to the Russian capital Moscow is part of his global tour, as an effort to save the Iran nuclear deal.

European Union leaders aim to show a united front on preserving the Iran deal when they meet for a pre-summit dinner in Sofia on Wednesday, officials said.

"The European signatories should make up for the United States withdrawal from the JCPOA and guarantee our rights".

"And they may try to [stay in the deal], in part because I think despite President Trump's complete consistency in opposition to the deal ... many people, including, apparently, former Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryRomney: Those who mock McCain "humiliate themselves" Another battle between politics and common sense Trump hasn't earned a Nobel, but the Peshmerga have MORE, thought that we never would get out of it", Bolton said. "We don't have much to threaten the Americans".

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