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18:48China Sticks to Iran Nuclear Deal After US Withdrawal - Foreign Minister

18:48China Sticks to Iran Nuclear Deal After US Withdrawal - Foreign Minister

But White House national security adviser John Bolton said USA sanctions on European companies that maintain business dealings with Iran were "possible", while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said he remained hopeful Washington and its allies could strike a new nuclear deal with Tehran.

Russian FM Sergey Lavrov and his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet on Monday in Moscow to discuss the preservation of the Iran nuclear deal following President Trump's withdrawal and renewal of U.S. sanctions.

Mohammad Javad Zarif will later fly to Moscow and Brussels to consult with the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement.

Beijing will work further on protecting the Iranian nuclear deal after Washington's withdrawal from the multilateral agreement, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.

The other big powers party to the scuttled deal urged the United States not to quit it saying it was the best way to prevent the West Asian country from turning into a reckless nuclear weapons power but Trump did not care.

A number of top Iranian officials and politicians have threatened in the past week to restart the country's nuclear program following Trump's decision to leave the deal.

"As the president said, we are ready for all options".

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would remain committed to the deal "if the remaining five countries abide by the agreement".

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"[But] if the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured".

"We are waiting now for how the decision-makers in the European Union will react".

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. Mohammad Ali Jafari, head of the Revolutionary Guards, said the country could not rely on the West.

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.

"That's what we are going to do, and I will be hard at it with the Europeans in the next several days", he said.

He added if the European powers were unable to make guarantees, "we must choose the path of self-sufficiency and nuclear industry with our own capabilities".

Fellow signatories to the deal have been quick to denounce Trump's decision. Khamenei said last week he was highly doubtful that Europe would provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal. "For the first time, Iran has the chance to show the world they are not the rogue nation they are always presented as, that they negotiated in good faith and keep to their commitments", said Karim Emile Bitar of the Institute for global and Strategic Studies in Paris.