Iran nuclear deal should be preserved despite U.S. withdrawal: Russian FM

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Iran's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif will travel to Moscow on 14 May and meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov for consultations on the nuclear deal.

Lavrov said it was crucial that any new USA sanctions on Iran did not scuttle the hard-won deal, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action.

The German foreign Minister, Heiko Maas, acknowledged that Berlin will not be able to protect German firms operating in Iran from us sanctions.

Russian Federation will remain a party to the global agreement on Iran's nuclear program. Under the accord, reached before Trump took office, Iran curbed its nuclear fuel production drive and won sanctions relief in return. "This is our common objective, we confirmed this", Lavrov said at a joint conference with Maas. "It is in Iran's interest, too, to keep the agreement alive", Maas said.

The White House said on Wednesday that Trump was preparing to impose new sanctions on Tehran, perhaps as early as next week, but gave no details.

Maas said the Europeans wanted to wanted to ensure that Iran would continue to abide by the rules and restrictions of the nuclear agreement.

The renewed US sanctions are expected to hit hard on Iran's oil sector, with analysts estimating Iran's almost 4 million barrels of daily oil production could be cut by 200,000 barrels to 600,000 barrels a day.

The European partners of the United States, Britain, Germany and France also commented on the decision of the us leader.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani reiterated his country's commitment to the deal, saying Teheran will continue to implement its liabilities.

Geng said that China, which has for years been a close economic partner with Iran, will "carry on the normal and transparent pragmatic cooperation with Iran on the basis of not violating our worldwide obligation". "It's clear that for that we have to maintain economic incentives, and that would not be easy after the USA decision" he said.