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gpolit.com May 24, 2018


Pompeo: Iran Thought It 'Could Act with Impunity' During Nuke Deal

14 May 2018, 04:22 | Rufus Hill

Rouhani: Nuclear deal to be preserved if remaining parties give 'guarantees'

Pres. Rouhani US responsible for any consequences on JCPOA

Zarif is now on a tour of the countries that are the parties to the agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to hold consultations to salvage the deal.

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

Iranian hardliners - who have long opposed President Hassan Rouhani's moves to improve ties with the West - are already mobilising against the efforts to save the nuclear deal.

Zarif's comments came as thousands of Iranians took to the streets in the largest demonstration since US President Donald Trump announced his decision to abandon the deal on Tuesday.

China offered to hold strategic talks with Iran but did not disclose whether Beijing might scale back imports in light of renewed USA sanctions.

Some analysts, however, accused him of doubling down on hawkish policies towards Iran.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision on its future role in the agreement.

Following his meeting with Zarif on Sunday, China's foreign minister said Beijing would "work to maintain the [nuclear] deal", state news agency Xinhua reported.

"Together, we emphasise our continuing commitment to the JCPOA".

Heiko Maas, the German foreign minister, said he feared that European Union negotiations with Mr Zarif and later with...

Russian Federation has also criticised Trump's decision, with Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov alleging the move was "protectionism in disguise", in comments made on Thursday to state news agency TASS.

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

China's Foreign Ministry on May 13 said Zarif will "exchange views with relevant parties on the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue". "America's position in the global banking system and the punitive measures they could take on countries and businesses in Europe that do business in Iran". "I think Rouhani and Zarif need to explain why it's the case that while this agreement was in place, Iran continued its march across the Middle East".



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