Published: Mon, July 09, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

World powers seek to keep Iran in nuclear accord after USA pullout

World powers seek to keep Iran in nuclear accord after USA pullout

Top diplomats from Iran and five world powers sat down in Vienna on Friday to hash out what steps are needed to preserve the nuclear deal with Tehran following the withdrawal of the United States.

"After the withdrawal of the United States, which we can't understand, we face a hard situation", he said.

"All the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States", Iran's Foreign Minister Zarif told a Vienna news conference broadcast by the Fars news agency.

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Thursday that the proposal package offered by the European Union does not secure Iran's interests in the nuclear deal, noting Tehran would stick to the deal only if Iran's interests are secured by the stake holders, as the United States is re-imposing tough sanctions on Iran. Washington has since told countries they must stop buying the Opec producer's oil from November 4 or face financial consequences.

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC-QF, who runs Iran's foreign military operations, said, addressing Rouhani, "Your valuable statement that said there will be no guarantees for oil exports from this region unless the Islamic Republic of Iran (can) also export its oil was a source of pride".

The Iranian President, Hassan Rohani, believes that the entirety of measures offered by the Europeans, to compensate for the effects of the U.S. government's withdrawal from Iran's global nuclear programme, have not to date proven satisfactory. Several major firms - including France's Total and Peugeot, and Russia's Lukoil - have said they are preparing to leave.

Foreign ministers from the remaining signatories met in Vienna today to work around continuing U.S. efforts to kill the deal, but U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was missing.

"We will not be able to compensate for everything that arises from companies pulling out of Iran", Heiko Maas told reporters before a round of talks among the remaining parties to the deal.

Since Trump s announcement, Iran s rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.

US-Iran relations have been hostile since the 1979 overthrow of the US-backed shah and US embassy hostage crisis. Iran has said it had nothing to do with the plot and has demanded the official be released without delay.

Six people were arrested - a diplomat attached to the Iranian embassy in Austria - in Belgium, France and Germany, while the opposition group blamed the Iranian regime for the alleged plot.

Tehran dismissed it is an orchestrated "false flag ploy", created to discredit Iran and overshadow Rouhani s trip to Europe, and Wednesday summoned the French and Belgian ambassadors and the German charge d affaires in protest.

Like this: