Zarif embarks on journey to save nuclear deal by first visiting China
Zarif embarks on journey to save nuclear deal by first visiting China
Europe Steps Up Efforts to Salvage Iran Accord Ditched by Trump
16 May, 2018, 14:12
Major European powers are seeking to keep Iran in a landmark global nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
Zarif also published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognized as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".
The foreign secretary also called on Washington "to avoid any actions that could prevent the remaining parties to the agreement from meeting their commitments under the deal - including delivering sanctions relief through legitimate trade".
Bolton, however, did not rule out sanctions for European companies doing business with Iran. Among the adversely affected are European firms, whose dealings with Iran jacked up the value of EU-Iran trade from $9.2 billion in 2015 to $25 billion in 2017.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel has acknowledged that the Iran nuclear deal "certainly has weaknesses" but says it should be preserved.
The exit drew swift criticism from the deal's other signatories, including USA allies in Europe who'd tried for weeks to persuade Trump to remain on board and saidthey plan to keep their commitment to the deal. "It's a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world", said Mogherini, who will chair talks Tuesday with the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels.
When leaving the meeting, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif echoed Mogherini, saying "it's the start of the process, a lot depends on what we do in the next few weeks".
"The Europeans, after the withdrawal of the United States from the deal, have found themselves forced to save the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action themselves", he added.
"It's not yet clear to us or to Europe what that means in respect of existing export levels in the eyes of the United States", Mr Parker said. "We have no illusions about Iran's disruptive behavior but we think we can tackle those in other ways", Johnson said. It asked Europe's Airbus plane manufacturer to announce whether it will go ahead with a deal to sell Iran dozens of passenger planes following the US pullout.
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Mr Zarif also discussed the agreement with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on Monday.
"The pact with Iran is working and we have to do everything to preserve it", said the spokesperson of the High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy. But no word has come from China as yet.
Iran has reacted furiously to the U.S. pulling out of the deal, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accusing Mr Trump of threatening its government and its people.
Let's get real. Iran seeks to subjugate the Arab states within an Iranian caliphate, or simply to impose its version of Islam on the entire Arab world directly or indirectly through its proxy states, such as Lebanon and Syria. This prospect comes with its own set of complications.
"When it comes to the danger of a nuclear arms race in the Middle East, there is no sign Iran or any of the other major powers in the existing and so far successful pact will simply fall in line" with Trump's plan.
The European Union on Tuesday launched work on a nine-point economic plan to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive after the abrupt withdrawal of the United States.
He emphasized on CNN that his job now was to advise Trump and that the president would make the policy decisions. It cited, for instance, Trump's earlier dumping of the Paris climate change agreement with a promise to provide a better deal that he hasn't fulfilled. However, this would not do anything to Iran's nuclear program also.
Trump has said the USA would be reinstating the anti-Iran bans lifted under the JCPOA and also slapping the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, prompting anger among other parties to the Iran deal, which unanimously denounced Washington and vowed to stay committed to their side of the deal.
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