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Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Iran's foreign minister will meet his British, French and German counterparts in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss U.S. President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran, the European Union said.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated on Sunday that Tehran would remain committed to its 2015 nuclear deal if its interests can be protected and said the USA withdrawal from the accord was a "violation of morals".

Iran's foreign minister departed for China on a whirlwind diplomatic tour early on Sunday, as world leaders scramble to salvage something from the wreckage of a landmark nuclear deal in the wake of the United States' withdrawal.

President Donald Trump announced on Tuesday that the USA was withdrawing from the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. Russian diplomats did not see reason for rupture.

Ryabkov's comments came two days after Trump declared that his country was pulling out of the JCPOA, saying Washington would not only reinstate the anti-Iran sanctions lifted as part of the deal, but would also "be instituting the highest level of economic" bans against the Islamic Republic.

Zarif said American foreign policy had "dragged the Middle East into chaos".

There was no press conference following the Lavrov-Zarif talks in Moscow. "This is why we need to cooperate in protecting our legitimate interests", Lavrov said.

Iran has threatened to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" if it does not get guarantees that the trade ties which have been established with Europe since the deal was signed will be maintained.

"The European countries should give us guarantees that in spite of the U.S. withdrawal from the JCPOA, the interests of the Iranian nation will still be protected", IRNA quoted Zarif as telling reporters upon arrival in Beijing.

The Iranian foreign minister went on to say that the interests of all sides hinge on economic relations among them free from Washington's undue interferences.

Fellow signatories to the deal have been quick to denounce Trump's decision.

Iran's foreign minister is due to meet for talks in Brussels this upcoming Tuesday with his German, French and British counterparts.

That is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity following Trump's unilateral withdrawal from what he called "a terrible, one-sided deal", a move accompanied by the threat of penalties against any foreign firms doing business in Iran.

In a telephone call with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, Rouhani had demanded that the three European powers announce their "clear and honest" stance on the nuclear deal and provide guarantees in wake of the US withdrawal.

In a YouTube statement on Thursday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Iran had "crossed a red line", and that Israel's action was appropriate.

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