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Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

July 20 2018, 08:18 | Irvin Gilbert

Europe Steps Up Efforts to Salvage Iran Accord Ditched by Trump

French Foreign Affairs Minister Jean Yves Le Drian leaves the Elysee Presidential palace in Paris

"The Europeans have between 45 and 60 days to give the necessary guarantees to safeguard Iranian interests and compensate the damages caused by the United States pullout", Icana.ir reported.

"The wealth that was created in Iran as a result of the JCPOA drove Iranian malign activity".

European firms, especially those from France and Germany, rushed to invest in Iran following the 2015 agreement, under which Tehran agreed to freeze its nuclear programme in return for the repeal of punishing worldwide sanctions. He also said Iran should receive economic benefits promised in the accord, even if the United States reinstates sanctions.

The scope of the 2015 deal should have been directed to Iran's policies and not its nuclear programme.

After meeting his counterpart in Beijing, Mr Zarif said: "We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement".

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

He will later head to Moscow and Brussels.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the United States and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies.

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European countries and companies that continue to do business with Iran could face United States sanctions, National Security Adviser John Bolton said Sunday.

Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said, however, that it could be hard to protect European firms from any fallout from the USA decision.

The nuclear deal provided Iran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

After the President Donald Trump announced his withdrawal from the Iran deal, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said his decision was "disappointing".

Trump's tough talk now on sanctions is at odds with what he told France's Emmanuel Macon and May just six months ago as he moved toward yanking the US out of the deal. This is while the UN's atomic watchdog, the IAEA, have in 10 periodical reports since the JCPOA's implementation in January 2016 testified to Iran's abidance by the deal. "President Trump's withdrawal is denying them that wealth, denying them the resources to continue their bad behavior, to take the money away from them", he said.

Zarif and Mogherini also conferred on plans and arrangements for a Tuesday meeting in Brussels between them and the three European countries foreign ministers, FNA said.

But European diplomats briefed on the Brussels meeting acknowledged that the EU support, however honest, risked looking hollow after Trump last week reimposed an array of wide sanctions on the Islamic Republic that will hit European companies investing in Iran.

He will also meet with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the future of the deal.

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