Top Iranian diplomat to visit Moscow on May 14

Marco Green
May 16, 2018

Following the consultations, Mogherini and the ministers will meet with Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif, the European External Action Service said in a statement on Friday.

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

Britain, France and Germany are working to secure measures to protect European countries working in Iran against the danger of U.S. sanctions after President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal.

Commenting on the USA intention to reestablish sanctions against Iran, Lavrov said the lifting of the UN Security Council sanctions against Iran could not be cancelled.

The renewed USA sanctions are expected to hit hard on Iran's oil sector, with analysts estimating Iran's almost 4 million barrels of daily oil production could be cut by 200,000 barrels to 600,000 barrels a day.

While Tehran was shunned by the global community in the 1990s, Moscow agreed to resume the construction of the Bushehr Iranian nuclear plant that Germany had abandoned.

Major European powers are seeking to keep Iran in a landmark worldwide nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the U.S. out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.

"The deal and the lifting of sanctions in 2015 marked the return of European business to Iran".

The deal was negotiated between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.

Iran's supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he was highly doubtful that Europe would provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.

Russian Federation is the latest to join a number of countries calling for dialogue between Israel and Iran following Israeli strikes against Iranian targets in Syria.

In February 2016 then-US President Barack Obama signed the free trade agreement known as the TPP along with 11 other Pacific nations.

Igor Delanoe said that Russian Federation had a "real role to play" in Iran's energy and electricity sectors.

China has also said it wanted to continue normal business ties with Iran and is now financing multi-billion dollar infrastructure and electricity projects in the country.

He said that China wants to "ensure the integrity and sanctity" of a pact that Beijing believes was important for curbing nuclear proliferation and promoting stability in the Middle East. "Therefore, our talks would also discuss the issue of how to make it possible to continue trade with Iran", he said.

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

The Washington Post touched on some of the ways which the Europeans can use to circumvent U.S. sanctions.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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