Iran minister on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

Clay Curtis
May 13, 2018

During the Sunday meeting, Zarif elaborated on the condition of the Iran nuclear deal before and after the U.S. pullout and said Washington broke the multi-lateral agreement and flagrantly violated the UN Security Council Resolution 2231.

Germany and France have significant trade links with Iran and remain committed to the nuclear agreement, as does Britain, and the three countries' foreign ministers plan to meet on Tuesday to discuss it.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal on Tuesday, raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upsetting European allies and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies.

On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describe the nuclear deal with Iran as something that allowed the rogue nation to "act with impunity".

In this photo released by an official website of the office of the Iranian Presidency, President Hassan Rouhani attends a meeting with officials and industrialists, at a petroleum conference in Tehran, Iran, May 8, 2018.

Washington's decision to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions infuriated its allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

In Beijing, Zarif will hold talks with foreign Minister Wang Yi on the future of the nuclear agreement, reports Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the Iranian media.

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of President Trump for abandoning "an accord recognized as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

Blasts and gun battle in Jalalabad
The attack happened in Jalalabad city after a suicide bomber detonated his explosives close to the gate of the finance department. At least four attackers armed with rocket-propelled grenades and machine guns were fighting police, he said.

Trump hit back on Saturday evening, tweeted that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism.

While the remaining JCPOA parties are scrambling to save the deal, Israel has played a second fiddle to the USA bid to wreck it.

China's foreign minister also said his country is Iran's main trade partner and the two sides should defend their legitimate interests against others.

The European Union's chief diplomat said on Tuesday that the bloc was determined to preserve the Iran nuclear deal.

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision.

"Iran's Military Budget is up more than 40 percent since the Obama negotiated Nuclear Deal was reached. just another indicator that it was all a big lie", he wrote.

Shortly after Trump's announcement about the USA withdrawal from the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would stay in the deal with other signatories if its interests are guaranteed.

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