Iranian Foreign Minister Discusses Nuclear Deal with Russian Federation

Wednesday, 16 May, 2018

Russian media further cited Zarif as saying that Tehran and Moscow would do their utmost to keep the Iran deal in place less than a week after US President Donald Trump announced Washington's withdrawal from the JCPOA despite earlier global warnings and pleas for the White House not to attack yet another worldwide agreement.

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

Prior to leaving Iran, Zarif published a government statement via Twitter criticising Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".

MOSCOW, Russia - Iran's foreign minister was in Moscow on Monday, May 14, as Russia tries to keep the Iran nuclear deal alive in the wake of Washington's pull-out, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.

But the reach of the US financial system, the dominance of the USA dollar, Trump's efforts to weaken the WTO and the presence of European companies' operations in the United States all weaken any potential EU measures. "But if the JCPOA is to survive, the interests of the nation should be met". "We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal". The foreign ministers of the three European powers will meet their Iranian counterpart in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss a way forward.

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif attends a meeting with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini at the EU Council in Brussels, Belgium, on May 15, 2018.

"I think there's a certain naivete to think, oh, the Iranians are going to be excited about a new deal when we ripped up the old one", Paul said. "At this point", he reportedly declared, "we have to replace the United States, which as an worldwide actor has lost vigor, and because of it, in the long term, [has lost] influence". "We have no illusions about Iran's disruptive behavior but we think we can tackle those in other ways", Johnson said. He added that, while the deal had shortcomings, keeping it in place was preferable to "ripping it up".

Russian Federation stated that it will adhere to and protect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), also known as the Iran nuclear deal, the report said. But no word has come from China as yet.

"We are under no illusions about the stuff Iran gets up to in the region, in the Middle East".

Iran is entirely within its rights in condemning Trump's action. This prospect comes with its own set of complications.

The EU hopes to convince Iran to continue to respect the landmark nuclear pact.

Hitting hard at Trump himself, the NYT editorial stated: "So far, again and again, he has shown himself to be adept at destroying agreements - a relatively easy task for a president - and utterly lacking in the policy depth or strategic vision and patience to create new ones".

It also demanded that Iran cease supplying weapons to the Houthi rebels, who have been at war with Tehran's archenemy Saudi Arabia, end cyberattacks against the USA and its allies, stop menacing US military ships in the Persian Gulf and abandon its rhetoric about destroying Israel.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 the US would be withdrawing from the deal, which was signed under former President Barack Obama, saying it was "defective at its core".

On Sunday, US National Security Adviser John Bolton threatened the European allies that Washington is prepared to impose sanctions on European companies if their governments refuse to heed Trump's demand to stop dealing with Iran.