Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Rick Owen

IRAN: Nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal

IRAN: Nuclear deal: Envoy starts diplomatic tour after US withdrawal

The Chinese diplomat, Wang Yi, committed China to multilateralism and maintaining worldwide agreements during his talks to his Iranian counterpart Javad Zarif, the Global Times said, signifying China's stance in the wake of the US's withdrawal from a crucial nuclear deal with Iran on May 8.

Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in Beijing on Sunday.

The trip is carried on in line with the President Hassan Rouhani's directive for intensive talks on the possibility of preserving the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA aka nuclear deal) while the Iranian nation's interests are guaranteed.

But White House national security adviser John Bolton said USA sanctions on European companies that maintain business dealings with Iran were "possible", while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he remained hopeful Washington and its allies could strike a new nuclear deal with Tehran.

European signatories have undertaken that a flurry of diplomatic activity to try to guard trade deals worth billions. "If the European Union leans towards accommodating the USA, all the progress we have made since 2015 will be lost", Agence France-Presse said Sunday, citing a Western trade diplomat in Tehran who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that Russian Federation and Europe had a duty to "jointly defend their legal interests" in terms of the Iran deal.

Trump also announced Washington's plans to renew its sanctions against Tehran.

Earlier in the week, France, Germany and the United Kingdom expressed "regret and concern" over the US' withdrawal.

"It is a trade-off and a sensible trade-off and... it is the only really workable way we can see to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon".

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the U.S. withdrawal "impudent" and "worthless".

Mr Johnson revealed on Monday that he would discuss ways to protect them during a meeting with fellow foreign ministers from France and Germany on Tuesday.

Basravi said the Rouhani government's "political health. hangs in the balance" as the administration has "married itself to this deal and championed it as the answer to all" of the country's economic woes.

Russian Federation is trying to keep the landmark 2015 accord alive in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.

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