Luxembourg Throws Its Weight behind Iran Nuclear Deal: FM

Elias Hubbard
May 17, 2018

MOSCOW, Russia - Iran's foreign minister was in Moscow on Monday, May 14, as Russia tries to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in the wake of Washington's pull-out, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.

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

Iran has reacted furiously to the United States pulling out of the deal, with supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei accusing Mr Trump of threatening its government and its people.

Zarif's meetings in Brussels cap a whirlwind global tour, including trips to both Russian Federation and China, the two other signatory nations, in a bid to bolster support.

Zarif said after Moscow he will travel to Brussels to meet with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini and foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.

If Zarif also succeeds in getting European support, Iran plans to adhere to the deal, which has lifted sanctions on the country in exchange for the halting of nuclear activities.

However, on May 8, Trump announced the US withdrawal from the JCPOA.

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

After the USA departure from the nuclear deal, Iran is making sure that the deal survives under all circumstances.

Johnson and Mogherini said those issues would be discussed at another time. "America's position in the global banking system and the punitive measures they could take on countries and businesses in Europe that do business in Iran".

In the past week, it has slapped a new series of sanctions against Iran.

On Sunday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behavior".

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.

Zarif told the media after the meeting that he believed both sides were "on the right track" to ensure that the interests of the JCPOA's "remaining participants, particularly Iran, will be preserved and guaranteed". "They will never abandon the USA for us", said housewife Poormoslem at a protest against Trump on Friday.

But European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meetings, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around United States sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach. But the reach of the USA financial system, the dominance of the dollar and the presence of European companies' operations in the United States all weaken any potential EU measures.

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