Moscow doesn't rule out Tehran's pullout from nuclear deal - deputy FM

Moscow doesn't rule out Tehran's pullout from nuclear deal - deputy FM

During his visit to the Belgian capital, Zarif will hold talks with his British, German, and French counterparts as well as EU's Mogherini on the future of the nuclear deal. As Bloomberg writes in an article "Iran Calls for Clarity Over Nuclear Deal After Talks With China", the meeting with Wang Yi in Beijing, at China's invitation, is Zarif's first stop on a diplomatic tour after President Donald Trump withdrew from the 2015 deal to limit Iran's nuclear program and threatened to reimpose the "highest level" of financial sanctions on the Islamic Republic.

Iran is demanding guarantees from the signatories that the nuclear deal will formally remain in place, even without the US.

Russian Federation will comply with its liabilities within framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Iranian nuclear program to reconfigure the Fordow enrichment facility.

After an hour-long meeting at European Union headquarters, Mr Zarif said he believed both side were "on the right track" to make sure that the interests of the deal's "remaining participants, particularly Iran, will be preserved and guaranteed".

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and the three foreign ministers of European Union negotiating parties France, Germany and the United Kingdom, have already made it clear that they want to save the deal, which they say is working.

The Kremlin reiterated on Monday Russia's "full" commitment to the nuclear deal with Iran and called on worldwide parties not to allow Washington to undermine global agreements.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif leaves after a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, May 15, 2018. "Our meetings will continue during the upcoming two weeks".

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German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas has said that there need to be economic incentives for Iran to remain in the deal.

But European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meeting, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around USA sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach.

"Unfortunately once again we see that Washington is trying to revise key global agreements as it happens to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it happens to Jerusalem (al-Quds) problem and a number of other agreements", the top Russian diplomat said.

"The secretary underlined that the United States and our European allies share strong interests in preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon and in countering the Iranian regime's destabilizing activities in the region", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

The US also wants to punish companies and countries that continue to cooperate with Iran.

Pompeo told Fox News on May 13 that Washington was ready to form a more wide-ranging Iran deal with its European partners "that achieves the outcomes that protect America".

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