Russian senior diplomat, European Union ambassador discuss situation around Iran nuclear deal
May 16 2018
"Iran is making every effort to save the deal through diplomatic means", says Yang Danzhi, the assistant director the Chinese Social Sciences Academy's Regional Security Center. These will target critical parts of Iran's economy, such as its energy, petrochemical, and financial sectors.
According to Iran's ambassador to Britain, Prime Minister Theresa May told Iranian President Hassan Rouhani in a call Sunday that the three European foreign ministers will present Zarif with a package of initiatives to protect implementation of the accord. Under the agreement, Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons.
After the lifting of sanctions on Iran in January 2016, Siemens signed a $1.6 billion memorandum of understanding on Iran's rail infrastructure and a long-term roadmap with Iran's MAPNA on the power sector. The Iranian President in his speech said, "The US is a country that has never adhered to its commitments".
Mr Trump pulled American support for the global nuclear agreement and threatened to impose a wave of new sanctions on Tehran, which could hit a number of British and European firms who do business with the Middle Eastern state. "Therefore, we have also stopped taking new orders in Iran", Reuters quoted a spokesman for oil product tanker operator Torm as saying.
JCPOA was negotiated mainly by ex-US Secretary of State John Kelly and was hailed as a great achievement by President Obama.
Following Trump's pullout on May 8, China's Foreign Ministry announced that it remains committed to the JCPOA urging the other signatories to the agreement to follow Beijing's suit.
When the Iranian clerics took power in 1979, the cordial relations between Israel and Iran ended.
German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said that "it won't be easy, that's clear to all of us".
It is no surprise, then, that President Trump'sdecision to restore nuclear sanctions and terminate America's adherence to the JCPOA risks putting Washington on a collision course with Europe.
Mnuchin, speaking in Israel on Monday, said the USA aimed to reimpose sanctions until we have a real comprehensive agreement that limits nuclear weapons, and ensures that Iran never acquires them.
Russian Acting Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov said on Tuesday it was possible to discuss the future of the Iran nuclear deal without the participation of the United States, the RIA news agency reported.
Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says Russian Federation has confirmed its preparedness to respect the seven-party nuclear agreement reached in 2015 despite the U.S. pullout. Other options available to the European Union include siding with Iran to stigmatize the U.S.as the "violator" of the accord in the JCPOA's Joint Commission, as well as filing complaints at the World Trade Organization.
Trump has said the U.S. would be reinstating the anti-Iran bans lifted under the JCPOA and also slapping the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, prompting anger among other parties to the Iran deal, which unanimously denounced Washington and vowed to stay committed to their side of the deal.