Iran gets clear signal of European Union plan to stand by nuclear deal

Howard TerryMay 16, 2018

Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif on Tuesday met Federica Mogherini, the European Union foreign policy chief, in Brussels, in order to discuss the potential future of the Iran nuclear deal.

Zarif already held talks with counterparts in Beijing and Moscow over the future of the nuclear deal, reached in 2015 between Tehran and the six world powers. He reportedly added, "If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America".

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said Tuesday the nuclear deal with Iran could not be preserved without some concessions from Tehran, Reuters reported, citing the Interfax news agency.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six global mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran's intention is to stay in the deal so long as their interests are protected. He had earlier talked of just two weeks.

Donald Trump's decision to withdraw the United States from the nuclear program deal cast a shadow of uncertainty over global oil supplies and increased the risk of conflict in the Middle East.

He said Iran was "respecting" the terms of the agreement, "so we are going to stick to this agreement".

Putin stressed that Russian Federation will try to maintain the nuclear agreement.

After their meeting, Zarif and Wang hailed the "comprehensive strategic partnership" between their countries, with the Chinese minister saying: "I hope and believe that these visits to multiple countries will. help protect Iran's legitimate national interests and peace and stability in the region".

Putin will also meet Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Sochi, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

Trump has said the USA would be reinstating the anti-Iran bans lifted under the JCPOA and also slapping the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, prompting anger among other parties to the Iran deal, which unanimously denounced Washington and vowed to stay committed to their side of the deal.

May 13 in Beijing took place the official meeting, the foreign Ministers of China and Iran.

Saving the deal is going to rest heavily on ensuring these nations can combine efforts to block United States sanctions from preventing global companies doing business in Iran.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behavior".

Analysts have suggested Russian Federation could benefit economically from the US pullout, as it is less exposed to the consequences of renewed sanctions than Europe.

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