Iran foreign minister to visit Beijing, Moscow for talks on nuclear deal

Henrietta Brewer
May 13, 2018

Bolton's comments come despite pledges from European leaders across the board that they will uphold the agreement, even after President TrumpDonald John TrumpUS paid Trump's Scottish resort for VIP hotel stays: report Michael Avenatti tweets, then deletes, Fox News booker's phone number Former Trump aide working with Russian company to lift USA sanctions: report MORE announced last week the U.S. would no longer honor it.

Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear came despite pleas from European allies to remain in the Obama-era agreement.

Countries having financial dealings with Iran are expected to be hit by the comprehensive sanctions regime announced by the Trump administration after withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

But major nuclear proliferation experts around the world, as well as many of America's own top military generals and European governments, have unilaterally supported the Iran deal, arguing that it is the best way to keep Iran from pursuing nuclear enrichment.

China's Foreign Ministry on May 13 said Zarif will "exchange views with relevant parties on the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue".


European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted that it's not up to the U.S.to determine the deal's future anyway.

An Iranian spokesman said Zarif will also visit Moscow and Brussels to hold meetings during the current trip.

Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described his government's reaction to President Trump's decision on Tuesday to re-impose USA sanctions on foreign companies that do business with Iran, in a statement posted to Twitter on Friday.

Mr Zarif is due to leave for Beijing and will later travel to Russian Federation.

Altmaier said Germany wanted to avoid "a spiral of escalation" in transatlantic trade relations.


India and Iran have robust economic and commercial ties covering many sectors though it has traditionally been dominated by the import of Iranian crude oil by India.

"There is a realization among all European states what we can not keep going in the direction we are headed today whereby we submit to American decisions", Le Maire told reporters in Paris. The move has sparked a barrage of criticism among the global community.

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees it could maintain trade ties despite renewed USA sanctions. "But not anymore!", Trump tweeted.

"In the years since the deal was reached, Iran's military budget has grown by nearly 40 percent, while its economy is doing very badly", Trump said during the speech.

Iranian Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said last week he is highly doubtful that Europe will provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to stay in the nuclear deal.


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