Zarif in Moscow as Russian Federation moves to save nuclear deal

  • Zarif in Moscow as Russian Federation moves to save nuclear deal

Zarif in Moscow as Russian Federation moves to save nuclear deal

Future of the Iran nuclear deal following the United States' withdrawal was in focus of a meeting between Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov and EU Ambassador to Russia Markus Ederer, the Russian foreign ministry said on Monday, TASS reports. "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".

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

"The Europeans, after the withdrawal of the USA from the deal, have found themselves forced to save the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action themselves", he told AFP.

Zarif and Wang hailed the "comprehensive strategic partnership" between their countries, with the Chinese minister saying: "I hope and believe that these visits to multiple countries will. help protect Iran's legitimate national interests and peace and stability in the region". But none of the four, when pressed by reporters, gave any details of their plans.

Speaking after a bilateral meeting with EU's Federica Mogherini on Tuesday, Zarif said he had good and constructive talks with her. Whatever (is) decided should preserve and guarantee Iran's rights ...

Zarif's meetings in Brussels cap a whirlwind global tour, including trips to both Russian Federation and China, the two other signatory nations, in a bid to bolster support. Zarif is also scheduled to meet the British, French and German foreign ministers today in Brussels.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian also warned of the dangers of ditching the deal, adding that the Middle East was explosive and could be on the cusp of war.

The EU could also deploy retaliatory sanctions or make a complaint about the U.S. measures to the World Trade Organisation.

He said the deal "is based on the balance of obligations" between Tehran and the opposite side, including the USA, and that after Washington's pullout "this balance is undermined", adding, "We should see how we can secure the interests of the Iranian people".

Before arriving in Brussels, Johnson told Britain's parliament that regime change in Iran was not a policy Britain should pursue.

Earlier on May 15, Russian President Vladimir Putin discussed the Iran deal with French President Emmanuel Macron by phone, the Kremlin said.

Annulment of the accord could tip the balance of power in favour of hardliners looking to constrain pragmatist President Hassan Rouhani's ability to open up to the West.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the U.S. withdrawal "impudent" and "worthless".

Trump hit back Saturday evening, tweeting that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism. "We don't have much to threaten the Americans".

Mohammad Javad Zarif's tour began two days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies. Chinese companies have been among the most active in investing in Iranian infrastructure projects and energy assets after sanctions were lifted in 2016.

China has found ways to bypass sanctions on Iran in the past.

But the measures have never been used and may be hard to enforce, while European Union companies could still face asset seizures, fines and possibly criminal charges in the United States.

Lavrov said the United States is trying to overturn what he called an internationally important agreement.