Iran's Foreign Minister in China to rescue nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign Minister in China to rescue nuclear deal

In a bid to meet the officials of the five signatory states of the JCPOA who has vowed to stay in the agreement after USA withdrawal, Iranian foreign minister a three stop tour from Beijing and he will finally wrap up his negotiations in Brussels.

Zarif is now on a tour of the countries that are the parties to the agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to hold consultations to salvage the deal.

US President Donald Trump said the deal was "horrible" because of expiry dates on its restrictions and because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile programme or its regional influence.

European countries have 60 days to provide "guarantees" to safeguard Iran's interests, after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran's parliament's website said quoting an Iranian official.

Zarif told Wang that maintaining the nuclear deal will serve Iran's interest.

When asked if tensions between Israel and Iran have escalated because the USA withdrew from the nuclear deal, Pompeo said, "That's ludicrous to suggest that Iran feels less constrained when during the JCPOA that have now fired missiles into an airport where Americans travel each day in Riyadh".

"Considering the fact that the European Union member states have made the most requests that after America's withdrawal it wants to stay in the JCPOA, we should see how these countries ensure that the interests of Iran will be guaranteed despite America's pullout", he stated.

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Iranian hardliners - who have long opposed President Hassan Rouhani's moves to improve ties with the West - are already mobilising against the efforts to save the nuclear deal.

"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain".

"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", Zarif said. "They will never abandon the U.S. for us", said housewife Poormoslem at a protest against Trump on Friday.

That is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity following Trump's unilateral withdrawal from what he called "a terrible, one-sided deal", a move accompanied by the threat of penalties against any foreign firms doing business in Iran.

But analysts said Iran was determined to maintain the moral high ground in the coming weeks.

"China will take an objective, fair and responsible attitude, [and] keep communication and cooperation [up] with all parties concerned", Wang said.

"China and Iran have comprehensive strategic partnership and are trade partners and these relations still continue", he noted.

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