Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
World Media | By Cesar Oliver

Iranian FM Zarif embarks on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

Iranian FM Zarif embarks on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

White House national security adviser John Bolton said us 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.

British, French and German foreign ministers met the EU's top diplomat in Brussels ahead of all four discussing the next steps with their Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, a week after Trump abandoned an agreement he branded a "horrible, one-sided deal that should have never, ever been made".

Europe's largest economies lobbied to protect their companies' investments in Iran on Friday, seeking to keep the nuclear deal with Tehran alive after Washington pulled out and threatened to impose sanctions on European companies.

European nations are moving to protect their companies from a resumption of stiff US sanctions on firms doing business in Iran, in a critical part of their bid to keep the Iranian nuclear deal alive and ensure it continues to benefit Iran's economy.

US President Donald's Trump's decision to abandon the nuclear deal has infuriated Washington's allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

Iran's Deputy Foreign Minister for Political Affairs Abbas Araqchi said Germany, France and the United Kingdom had 60 days to provide Iran *with enough guarantees to ensure it could* stay in the deal, according to IRNA.

The US decision to walk away from the 2015 nuclear deal also threatens to cut off a chunk of the world's crude oil supply, which is sending oil prices up.

The EU insists the deal is working, pointing to repeated United Nations inspections verifying the Islamic Eepublic's compliance with its side of the bargain, and Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP ahead Zarif's arrival that "we must do our utmost to preserve it". There they will begin to discuss a coherent and cohesive policy response to preserve European business interests in Iran, while protecting their investments from USA sanctions. They could risk losing access to the USA market and face fines if they choose to do business with Iran.

British Prime Minister Theresa May and Trump agreed in a phone call that talks were needed to discuss how U.S. sanctions on Iran would affect foreign companies operating in the country.

Ali Khamenei bluntly said that he does not trust Europe at all, and said while addressing Iranian officials: "You should not trust them (France, Britain, and Germany)".

Despite the USA exit, Britain and Iran expressed their commitment on Sunday to ensuring that the accord is upheld, according to a statement released by British Prime Minister Theresa May's office.

In an apparent response to Zarif's tweet, Trump hit back Saturday evening, saying that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism.

"We don't want to be this position in which America is out but nothing clearly happens on the ground", Amidror said. Iran's president, Hassan Rouhani, said Trump's decision was a "violation of morals" but said his country would remain in the deal.

The commander of the IRGC said that European countries can not be trusted because they are followers and not independent.

Nevertheless, U.S. sanctions are a daunting hammer. "I'm not the national security decision-maker", he continued. If the Iranian regime rushes back into enrichment activities, the resulting global crisis could lead to military action no one should want. While it was not clear from the deal if the United States could reinstate sanctions on the Central Bank for non-nuclear activity, that ambiguity is gone, said Rich Goldberg, who as a senior Republican Senate aide in the first part of this decade was an architect of Iran sanctions.

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