Iran Calls for Clarity Over Nuclear Deal After Talks With China
15 May, 2018, 22:39 | Author: Kathy Ellis
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 global sanctions. The U.S. exit, together with its threaten to sanction companies economically involved with Tehran, has sparked outrage in Europe.
At a dinner among the four countries' foreign ministers and the EU's top diplomat, the European powers will say that they stick by the terms of the 2015 pact giving Iran sanctions relief in return for an end to its nuclear ambitions. But last week US President Donald Trump announced he was leaving the deal and reimposing sanctions.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who is on a three-stop tour for exchanging views with the other signatory states of the JCPOA than US after the unilateral withdrawal of US President Trump from the agreement, commented on his first two stops on his Twitter page.
Iran's foreign minister is visiting China for talks following President Donald Trump's decision to scrap US participation in the agreement over Iran's nuclear program.
According to him, Araghchi told the commission that if Iran does not receive such guarantees from European leaders it would have to "take the necessary decisions".
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.
Zarif is scheduled to meet the British, French and German foreign ministers on May 15 in Brussels.
The EU insists the deal is working, pointing to repeated United Nations inspections verifying the Islamic republic's compliance with its side of the bargain, and Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP ahead Zarif's arrival that "we must do our utmost to preserve it".
The sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran's economy, including petrochemicals, energy and finance.
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Russian Federation and Iran also sought to strengthen their business ties long before the 2015 agreement, despite worldwide sanctions in place.
Tehran has expressed its opposition to Trump's move. "I think that will sink in; we'll see what happens then", Bolton said.
"In this time, we'll use all possibilities to persuade the USA government to change its behavior", he told ZDF television. "Europeans are going to face the effective U.S. sanctions, already are really, because much of what they would like to sell to Iran involves United States technology, for which the licenses will not be available".
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