European Union foreign policy chief meets Iranian FM in Brussels

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United States president Donald's Trump's decision to abandon the nuclear deal has infuriated Washington's allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Russian Federation has confirmed its preparedness to respect the seven-party nuclear agreement reached in 2015 despite the USA pullout.

"We are on the right path to move forward ..."

"Guarantees of benefits of the JCPOA should be given to Iran. Our talks (with the E3) will continue in the next two weeks", he said, referring to Britain, France and Germany.

Zarif said the deal had been built on the commitments made by the parties involved, but that the United States withdrawal disrupted that balance.

Turkey expelled the Israeli Ambassador to Ankara on Tuesday as President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's regime launched a fresh round of.


"Let's not fool ourselves that there are dozens of things we can do", said a senior European diplomat.

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

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he was highly doubtful that Europe would provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Lavrov told Zarif that all the remaining signatories of the JCPOA have "legitimate interests" in keeping the deal and that "therefore we need to defend the legitimate interests of each of us together".

Given the above issue, European Union leaders also stressed the need to protect Europe's economic interests against pressure of U.S. sanctions. "My colleagues have had in-depth talks with their counterparts in China's foreign ministry over our cooperation, especially over the details of our cooperation".

Foreign firms engaging in trade in Iran have also been threatened with punishment, with all manner of companies including Renault, Siemens and Total among those tied up in billions of dollars worth of deals.


Meanwhile, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani repeated his thesis that the country would remain committed to the 2015 nuclear arms deal if Iranian interests could be protected.

Britain's Foreign Minister Boris Johnson was blunt about the chances of avoiding USA sanctions that also seek to prohibit foreign companies from doing business with Iran.

China was closely involved in negotiating the agreement as one of the five permanent members of the United Nations Security Council and has always been a close Iranian economic partner, buying about a third of Iran's oil shipments.

They include retaliatory sanctions, allowing the European Investment Bank to invest directly inIran and coordinating euro-denominated credit lines from European governments.

He said: "What we are going to do tomorrow in Brussels is we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms, European firms have some confidence that they can still do business". "We will try to uphold our side of the bargain".

But while he talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power.


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