Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Europe seeking quick solution to save Iran nuclear deal: Mogherini

Europe seeking quick solution to save Iran nuclear deal: Mogherini

Part of the flaw with the Iran deal that President Trump rejected was it enticed Europe and the USA into economic relations with Iran that would work against holding the country accountable for violations of the agreement, Bolton said.

Pompeo added he was "hopeful in the days and weeks ahead we can come up with a deal that really works, that really protects the world from Iranian bad behavior, not just their nuclear program, but their missiles and their malign behavior as well".

She stressed the "constructive" and "positive" nature of the meetings, which indicated on all sides "the awareness of the urgency of finding solutions, not for the sake of a calendar, but because if we want to save this deal". "The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons".

"If our interests are not met, we get out of the deal and resume enriching uranium to 20% or any other level that we deem necessary", nobakht said in an interview with news Agency Tansim. The deal's official name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA. In a statement Tuesday, Boris Johnson said the United Kingdom remains "fully committed to upholding" the deal, and is working with France and Germany to "explore the best way forward".

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.

Trump's newly-named National Security Adviser John Bolton said that it is "possible" that the USA would sanction European companies that maintain business dealings with Iran, a statement that received a lukewarm reaction from Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, who said he remained hopeful that Washington and its allies European could strike a new deal with the Iranian government.

The European Union insists the deal is working, pointing to repeated United Nations inspections verifying the Islamic republic's compliance with its side of the bargain.

German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that "it won't be easy, that's clear to all of us".

Iran's foreign minister visits Moscow on Monday as Russian Federation tries to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in the wake of Washington's pull-out, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.

The EU hopes to convince Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear pact.

The deal between Iran and six world powers lifted most worldwide sanctions in 2016 in return for Tehran curbing its nuclear programme, under strict surveillance by the United Nations, to stockpile enriched uranium for a possible atomic bomb.

German exports to Iran totaled almost 3 billion euros ($2.3 billion) in 2017, while French exports soared from 562 million euros ($670 million) in 2015 to 1.5 billion ($1.8 billion) in 2017 and oil giant Total has pledged to invest some $5 billion in the South Pars gas field.

Speaking in the House of Commons, the United Kingdom foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, admitted it would be very hard to protect European business "due to the extra-territorial effect of USA sanctions and the difficulty companies have when they touch the live wire of the American financial network and they find themselves nearly immediately sanctioned". The tour has already taken him to Beijing and Moscow.

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