Iran foreign minister to visit Beijing, Moscow for talks on nuclear deal

May 15, 2018, 22:20
Iran foreign minister to visit Beijing, Moscow for talks on nuclear deal

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday, " Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 2015 accord wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the U.S. imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal.

When asked whether the United States might impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran, Bolton told CNN: "It's possible".

"Iran's interests in important areas and issues relevant to the JCPOA, like oil, gas, and petrochemicals sales, as well as banking relations should be clearly and explicitly defined and guaranteed", Rouhani said.

Iran's ambassador to New Zealand Jalaladdin Namini Mianji told Morning Report New Zealand companies would risk losing trade deals if the country adhered to US President Donald Trump's threat of imposing sanctions.

"It is going to be very hard for us to preserve the economic benefits of the Iran deal", one senior European diplomat said.

Then he declared that Iran's leaders will reject Washington's demands for a "new" US-dictated 'deal, ' adding, "I'd probably say the same thing if I was in their position".

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After the Chinese capital, Zarif will attend talks in Moscow and Brussels with representatives of the pact's other signatories.

"I would like to point out that Russian Federation and other participants in the deal - China and the European countries - also have their legitimate interests enshrined in this agreement", he added.

Iran's foreign minister has held talks in China as he began a diplomatic tour with the remaining signatories of a multinational nuclear deal following the recent U.S. withdrawal from the landmark 2015 pact.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA still wanted to work with the Europeans on a new deal.

Trump made his disdain for the Obama-era Iran deal well known from the start of his campaign for president in 2015.

The head of the influential Revolutionary Guards, Mohammad Ali Jafari, said: "I hope recent events will lead us to end our trust in the West and the Europeans".

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"Since the signing of the JCPOA (nuclear deal), we have gone from an atmosphere like a gold rush, to one of utter depression", said a Western trade diplomat on condition of anonymity. Citing data from the Stockholm International Peace Research Institute, the newspaper explained that Iranian military spending has increased by only about 30 percent from 2015, the year the Iran deal was reached, to last year.

Earlier Tuesday, Zarif said he had a "very good and constructive" meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who helps to supervise the U.N. Security Council-endorsed agreement.

Bolton was tapped by President Donald Trump in March to replace H.R. McMaster and is considered a hard-liner on many worldwide matters, including Iran.

'The Prime Minister raised the potential impact of U.S. sanctions on those firms which are now conducting business in Iran'.

President Trump has discussed with President Macron in France with Chancellor Merkel in Germany with Prime Minister May in England to move beyond the deal.

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