Zarif in Moscow as Russian Federation moves to save nuclear deal

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

As Bloomberg writes in an article "Iran Calls for Clarity Over Nuclear Deal After Talks With China", the meeting with Wang Yi in Beijing, at China's invitation, is Zarif's first stop on a diplomatic tour after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal to limit Iran's nuclear program and threatened to reimpose the "highest level" of financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Ryabkov also said it would be impossible to preserve the deal without Tehran making concessions, the Interfax news agency reported.

"If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured", Zarif added. "Our meetings will continue during the upcoming two weeks".

Roth made the comments in Brussels ahead of a meeting due to take place there between Iran, France, Germany and Britain on Tuesday to discuss the nuclear deal.

Germany and France joined him in reiterating their commitment to the deal, which restricts Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

Highlighting just how hard it will be, the U.S. Treasury announced on Tuesday more sanctions, including on Iran's central bank governor, just minutes before the Brussels meeting was due to begin.

Trump hit back Saturday evening, tweeted that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism.

"Tomorrow in Brussels, we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms and help European firms have confidence that they can still do business".

Analysts say China's presence in Iran will grow when the U.S. imposes sanctions.

"Unfortunately, protesting against global rules and laws has become a habit for the United States government", the Iranian foreign policy chief said.

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

After the Chinese capital, where Zarif arrived yesterday, the Iranian Foreign Minister must visit Moscow and then Brussels, where he will meet with the foreign ministers of France, Germany and the UK.

The U.S. Treasury announced on Tuesday more sanctions on officials of the Iranian central bank, including Governor Valiollah Seif, for allegedly moving millions of dollars on behalf of the country's Revolutionary Guards Corps to Lebanon's Shi'ite Hezbollah group.

"Since the signing of the JCPOA (nuclear deal), we have gone from an atmosphere like a gold rush, to one of utter depression", said a Western trade diplomat on condition of anonymity.

"It is vital that we continue to engage with the United States and continue to interrogate our friends in Washington about how they see the nuclear deal developing". But the reach of the US financial system, the dominance of the dollar and the presence of European companies' operations in the United States all weaken any potential EU measures.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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