Wednesday, 23 May, 2018

Europeans must guarantee benefits to Iran of nuclear deal - Zarif

Iran's Zarif in Moscow as Russia moves to save nuclear deal Russia moves to save Iran nuke deal
| 15 May, 2018, 22:38

Zarif and Mogherini also conferred on plans and arrangements for a Tuesday meeting in Brussels between them and the three European countries foreign ministers, FNA said.

So far, China, France, Russia, Britain, the European Union and Iran remain in the accord, which placed controls on Iran's nuclear program and led to a relaxation of USA economic sanctions against Iran and companies doing business there.

"Our meeting with Mrs Mogherini was good and constructive".

Zarif later told a joint news conference with Lavrov that "the final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be safeguarded". The deal's official name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

In the aftermath of Washington's pullout, Europeans are seeking ways to protect the interests of their firms doing business in Iran and help them escape the brunt of the upcoming U.S. sanctions.

Bolton expressed optimism that European allies will follow Trump's lead and exit the deal, despite the assertions of the leaders of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany that they intend to remain in the agreement.

German exports to Iran totaled almost €3 billion in 2017, while French exports soared from €562 million in 2015 to €1.5 billion in 2017 and oil giant Total has pledged to invest some $5 billion in the South Pars gas field.

White House National Security adviser John Bolton refreshed the threat on Sunday, saying US sanctions could be imposed on European companies doing business with Iran.


Mr Zarif's next stop is Moscow and only then will he fly to Brussels, where he will meet Boris Johnson, the foreign secretary, and his French and German counterparts.

Washington's decision to go against its European allies' advice and abandon the deal has pushed them closer to Beijing and Moscow on the issue as diplomats scramble to keep the pact alive.

Iran's foreign minister says talks with the EU's foreign policy chief in Brussels were "constructive".

"The wealth that was created in Iran as a result of the JCPOA drove Iranian malign activity".

On Monday, Zarif also sent a letter to the United Nations in which he accused the USA of showing a "complete disregard for worldwide law" in pulling out of the deal.

US President Donald Trump's pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal has upset Washington's European allies, cast uncertainty over global oil supplies and raised the risk of conflict in the Middle East.

The Government's position, in common with its European Union partners, remains that the 2015 deal remains in operation and that former EU and United Nations sanctions on Iran, which had been suspended under the agreement, are not being reinstated.

However, Washington's decision to pull out of the worldwide nuclear deal and its threat to reimpose sanctions on firms doing business in Iran has cast fresh doubt over this new trade. But Bolton left open the possibility that if they do not, the U.S. might sanction foreign corporations that continue to do business with Iran.

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