Monday, 19 November, 2018

Iran diplomat visits China for talks on nuclear deal crisis

France Wants to Defend EU Firms From US Sanctions on Iran- French Minister France Wants to Defend EU Firms From US Sanctions on Iran- French Minister
Jan Cook | 15 May, 2018, 22:39

On May 8, US President Donald Trump announced Washington's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal as it, he said, leaves Tehran a possibility to create a nuclear bomb bypassing all the restrictions.

The EU, which along with Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States, signed the nuclear accord with Iran, does have some steps it can take to shield European business in Iran.

He said the deal "is based on the balance of obligations" between Tehran and the opposite side, including the U.S., and that after Washington's pullout "this balance is undermined", adding, "We should see how we can secure the interests of the Iranian people".

He will also meet with the foreign ministers of Germany, France and the United Kingdom in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the future of the deal.

Last December, Trump drew widespread condemnations and protests from across the Arab and Muslim world when he announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Lavrov also voiced support for Iran's right to defend its "legitimate interests" as part of the agreement, which removed nuclear sanctions against Iran in early 2016 in exchange for certain limits to its civilian nuclear activities.

The Government's position, in common with its European Union partners, remains that the 2015 deal remains in operation and that former EU and United Nations sanctions on Iran, which had been suspended under the agreement, are not being reinstated.

These questions get at the heart of whether the Iran nuclear deal can continue without the support of the US.

President Buhari Returns After 4-Day Medical Vacation
When asked by journalists why he returned earlier than expected, the President said; "It is not earlier than expected". Buhari was in the United Kingdom for months in 2017 to attend to a "health challenge" that still remains a secret.

Le Drian expressed France's "determination to fight" so that the USA decisions don't hurt those companies that have invested in Iran.

"We'll outline what we might be able to do to keep trade flowing, but we'll tell them (Iran) that they should be under no illusion about our ability to influence American policy and to influence the economic situation." the diplomat said.

At the same time that the Trump administration is looking to torpedo one multilateral nuclear agreement, it is touting the possibility of setting up a new one with North Korea.

French President Emmanuel Macron held phone talks with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin on Tuesday, according to a Kremlin statement, which said they had "confirmed Russia and France's commitment to make the deal work".

Despite the U.S. exit, Britain and Iran expressed their commitment to ensuring that the accord is upheld, according to a statement released by British Prime Minister Theresa May's office.

The deal's proponents say it is crucial to forestalling a nuclear Iran and preventing wider war in the Middle East.

Top Iranian officials, including Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei and President Hassan Rouhani, have said Europeans must give the required guarantees in order for Tehran to stay in the deal.

But European diplomats were despondent.

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