FM Zarif says meetings in Beijing, Moscow good

Cheryl Sanders
May 15, 2018

Many European diplomats doubt privately that the 2015 accord between Iran and six world powers can survive the reimposition of US sanctions ordered by Trump, but the European powers will say that they stick by the terms of the 2015 pact giving Iran sanctions relief in return for an end to its nuclear ambitions.

"The President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions", Zarif said on Friday.

President Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Sochi with IAEA Director Yukiya Amano, after which presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the talks took place in a positive atmosphere and that Russian Federation conveyed to the IAEA its position on the developments on the Iranian nuclear file and other files related to maintaining the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

Mogherini, who as the EU's top diplomat chaired the final stretch of 12 years of negotiations to clinch the Iran accord in July 2015 in Vienna, said: "We will all save it together".


Earlier Tuesday, Zarif said he had a "very good and constructive" meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who helps to supervise the U.N. Security Council-endorsed agreement.

Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement.

After the talks, Zarif praised the "excellent cooperation" between Moscow and Tehran and said Lavrov had promised him to "defend and keep the agreement".

On Monday Zarif also sent a letter to the United Nations in which he accused the U.S. of showing a "complete disregard for global law" in pulling out of the deal. Russian President Vladimir Putin has already spoken with Germany's Angela Merkel and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan about the efforts, after voicing his "deep concern" over US President's Donald Trump's decision.


He said he was "ready for all options", adding: "If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured".

The leaders of France, Germany and the United Kingdom expressed their regret over Trump's decision in a joint statement, stressing their countries' commitment to the JCPOA. Moscow would have to play a key role in ensuring Tehran does not resume its nuclear programme, he said.

On Sunday, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behaviour" and was working hard to thrash out a more wide-ranging deal with its European partners. Merkel is set to visit Russian Federation and meet Putin for a working visit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, while French President Emmanuel Macron will be in Saint Petersburg later in the month for an economic forum.


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