Europe, Iran seek to save nuclear deal after U.S. pullout

Virginia Carson
May 15, 2018

Iran's foreign minister is due to land in Brussels later Tuesday on the final leg of a global tour rallying diplomatic support for the country's nuclear deal after the Trump administration's abrupt withdrawal.

Zarif arrived in Moscow following similar negotiations in China and will later head to Brussels for talks with the EU foreign policy chief, Federica Mogherini, and his counterparts from the three European parties.

"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.

"If the government of New Zealand obeys any sanction against Iran, it is not sanction against Iran it is a sanction against the New Zealand companies", Mr Mianji said.

"It is not the matter of Iran's nuclear deal, it is the matter of dignity of Europe because President Trump believes in unilateralism; he thinks he's master of the world, he's a business police of the world and he will make a decision and the other countries must obey him", Mr Mianji said.

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"The strength of the sanctions that have been brought to bear on North Korea have the outcome of bringing North Korea this far". Last month the Korean leaders held their own historic meeting inside the Demilitarized Zone dividing the two sides.

Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran does not trust France, Germany and the United Kingdom to provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to remain in the agreement. On May 8, when US President Donald Trump announced his decision to quit the deal, Israel delivered strikes on Iranian military positions in Syria, according to Syrian media.

The EU, which along with Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States, signed the nuclear accord with Iran, does have some steps it can take to shield European business in Iran.

On Sunday, U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behavior" and was working hard to thrash out a more wide-ranging deal with its European partners.

"This agreement remains important for our shared security", a joint statement signed by French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and UK Prime Minister Theresa May said on Tuesday.

In the past week, it has slapped a new series of sanctions against Iran.

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Israel however, which has always been concerned about Iranian influence in the Middle East welcomed Trump's decision. Trump had long threatened to withdraw from the accord, saying it was too easy on Iran.

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

Zarif told Wang that maintaining the nuclear deal will serve Iran's interest.

"The consequences of American sanctions go well beyond goods shipped by American companies, " Bolton said.

A number of voices in Iran have suggested the deal is unlikely to survive.

Top Iranian officials, including Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, have said Europeans must give the required guarantees in order for Tehran to stay in the deal.

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Trump denounced the accord, completed under his predecessor Barack Obama, as a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made" as it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme or its role in Middle East conflicts.

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