Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Russian Federation moves to save Iran nuke deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif met his counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow on Monday, following his trip to China.

Zarif reportedly arrived in Moscow after he visited China as part of a diplomatic tour for talks on the Iran nuclear deal.

French President Emmanuel Macron has said he wants to secure a wider deal after the U.S. withdrawal with four pillars: limiting Iran's nuclear program in the short and the long term, restraining its ballistic missile program and curbing what the West views as its destabilizing behavior in Syria, Yemen, Iraq and Lebanon.

Speaking alongside Mr le Drian, Mr Johnson said: "The UK and France are determined to conserve the essence of the Iran nuclear deal".

His hourlong meeting with Mogherini was in preparation of a wider discussion later on May 15 with the foreign ministers of three other European Union partners in the landmark deal: Germany, France, and Britain.

Upon arrival Araqchi held talks with Helga Schmid, secretary-general of the European External Action Service.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov stressed that Russia would do its best to keep the JCPOA in place, despite Washington's plans to resume the anti-Iranian sanctions.

He also said Iran should receive economic benefits promised in the accord, even if the United States reinstates sanctions.

"[But] if the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured".

"As far as we are aware, the European troika, China, Iran and Russian Federation have announced their plans to comply with the JCPOA", Lavrov said Monday.

But while Pompeo talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power.

"Unfortunately, protesting against worldwide rules and laws has become a habit for the USA government", the Iranian foreign policy chief said. "I am convinced that these visits to different countries will improve the understanding of these countries, including China, of the Iranian position", said Chinese Foreign Minister, Wang Yi.

Zarif will later fly to Moscow and Brussels to consult the remaining signatories to the 2015 agreement denounced by US President Donald Trump.

This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the Syrian conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the USA and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

Putin stressed that Russian Federation will try to maintain the nuclear agreement.

He said: "What we are going to do tomorrow in Brussels is we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms, European firms have some confidence that they can still do business".

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