Published: Sat, May 26, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Parties Meet Amid Slim Hopes of Saving Iran Nuclear Deal

Parties Meet Amid Slim Hopes of Saving Iran Nuclear Deal

The 2015 agreement between Iran and world powers lifted global sanctions on Tehran in return for it agreeing to curbs on its nuclear programme.

An official report Thursday declared that Iran is still in compliance with the stringent controls on its nuclear program.

The Russian president Vladimir Putin said that not all is lost yet regarding the 5+1 Iran nuclear deal after United States withdrawal.

Some Western companies have already quit Iran or said they may have to leave because of US sanctions.

Nations that remain in the agreement - Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - began meetings Friday for the first time since Trump left the pact, but diplomats see limited chance for salvaging it.

"To be honest with you, we are not confident", a senior Iranian official told reporters Friday before the talks.

Pompeo also outlined 12 USA tough demands for Iran, including halting its uranium enrichment and closing its heavy water reactor, for any "new deal" with Tehran.

"We expect the (economic) package to be given to us by the end of May", the official noted, according to Reuters.

@hrome2: "Currently, we are not starting enrichment of 20% but we must be ready so that if it becomes necessary, and we see the JCPOA become useless, the activities that were stopped because of the JCPOA can be resumed".

"We were always told there is a Plan B", the official said.

European measures would need to ensure that oil exports did not halt, and that Iran would still have access to the SWIFT worldwide bank payments messaging system, he said.

Washington has not only reimposed sanctions but started to make them even tighter. Some Western companies have already quit Iran or said they may have to leave because of the new USA sanctions.

A senior diplomat at IAEA headquarters said this was not prompted by any lack of co-operation or change of behaviour on Iran's part.

The Russian spokesperson said that while the U.S. pulled out of the JCPOA, "other participants in the deal are determined to maintain the agreement, adding, "We will continue working to that end". They have said that as long as Tehran meets its commitments, they would remain in the deal.

He added that Tehran would decide within the next few weeks whether to stay in the accord.

He said Iran was looking for "specific mechanisms and practical solutions" to convince companies to continue doing business with them.

Trump denounced the accord, completed under his predecessor Barack Obama, because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile program or its role in Middle East wars, or address the issue of what happens after the deal begins to expire in 2025.

Meanwhile, France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian warned that the USA move to reimpose sanctions while demanding a tougher, broader deal with Iran risks destabilizing the Middle East.

Elsewhere in his remarks, the Leader said, "Iran does not seek confrontation with the three European countries, however, we do not trust them based on their record". While IAEA inspectors have reported Iran has kept below key nuclear limits imposed by the accord, Tehran's government insists remaining parties step up economic relief if they want those caps to hold.

The UN atomic watchdog policing the nuclear accord said on Thursday that Iran is still complying with the terms of the deal despite the United States withdrawal, but that it could be faster and more proactive in allowing snap inspections.

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