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Zarif visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal

Zarif visits Russia, China to save nuclear deal

The Washington Post reports that the United Kingdom, France and Germany had spent the past several months trying to negotiate with the U.S. State Department about a restructured version of the Iran nuclear deal that would address some of Trump's stated concerns about the agreement.

After an hour-long meeting at European Union headquarters in Brussels, Zarif said he believed both sides were "on the right track" to make sure that the interests of Iran and the non-U.S. partners "will be preserved and guaranteed".

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said regime change in Iran was not a policy Britain should pursue and that any change would not necessarily be for the better.

The European Foreign Policy Chief said we will all save the deal together.

Speaking on Fox News Sunday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 2015 accord wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the US imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal.

But European diplomats briefed on the Brussels meeting acknowledged that the EU support, however honest, risked looking hollow after Trump last week reimposed an array of wide sanctions on the Islamic Republic that will hit European companies investing in Iran.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that the country would be withdrawing from the accord, which was signed under former President Barack Obama, saying it was "defective at its core".

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This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the Syrian conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the USA and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

She added: "Britain, France and Germany were of the opinion that the agreement against Iran's nuclear armament is an agreement that certainly has weaknesses, but an agreement we should stand by". "We will try to uphold our side of the bargain".

"We are under no illusions about the stuff Iran gets up to in the region, in the Middle East".

Asked whether the United States might impose sanctions on European companies that continue to do business with Iran, Bolton told CNN: "It's possible". The agreement lifted global sanctions in exchange for Tehran promising to limit its sensitive nuclear activities and allow in worldwide inspectors.

The European countries apparently hope to find ways to enable companies to continue business with Iran even if the U.S. re-imposes sanctions.

The White House said Trump had spoken with French President Emmanuel Macron on Saturday and "reiterated the need for a comprehensive deal that addresses all aspects of Iran's destabilising activity in the Middle East".

But European diplomats were despondent.


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