Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC

US President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet Meeting in the Cabinet Room of the White House in Washington DC

Iran's foreign minister yesterday began attempts to salvage the nuclear deal in China, the country's biggest trade partner, rather than Brussels, increasing fears that President Trump's decision to pull out of it will marginalise Europe.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2018.

Washington's decision to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions infuriated its allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

He also asserted that the future of the nuclear agreement of July 14, 2015, hinges on the assurance to be given to Iran by the remaining 5 signatory states of the original sextet. "We will all save it together". The announcement triggered U.S. plans to reimpose sanctions on the Islamic Republic within roughly three to six months.

Zarif told Wang that maintaining the nuclear deal will serve Iran's interest.

Zarif was in Moscow to meet Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov on Monday, a day after visiting leaders in Beijing.

The sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran's economy, including petrochemicals, energy and finance.

The Trump administration portrayed its rejection of the nuclear agreement as a response, in part, to Tehran's interventions in the Middle East, underpinning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tough line towards Iran.

Lavrov and Zarif have other issues to discuss as well, primarily the situation in Syria, which deteriorated in the wake of Washington's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.

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Before leaving Iran, Zarif published a government statement via Twitter criticising Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

China's Foreign Ministry said talks included an "exchange of views with relevant parties on the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue".

"But it really is a question mark as to what Europe can do for them in the face of ..."

Senior EU politicians recently threatened that the 28-nation bloc is ready to challenge any move that may harm their businesses in the Iranian market at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the U.S. withdrawal "impudent" and "worthless".

Bolton said he was not present when the aide, Kelly Sadler, told other communications aides at a closed-door staff meeting that McCain's opposition to Gina Haspel as Central Intelligence Agency director did not matter because "he's dying anyway".

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.

"Now, even though hardline critics of the government say they support the president, they are predicting that this will shake the foundation of Rouhani's cabinet", added Basravi.

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