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U.S. must counter Iran nuclear move

17 May 2018

These reported remarks come as Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif embarked on a diplomatic tour to try and save the nuclear deal.

"I would like our debate to reconfirm without any doubt that as long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal, the European Union will also respect it", Tusk said in a letter to the leaders on the eve of the summit.

Before arriving in Beijing, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of US President Donald Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community". Much of the reason for that stems from the Obama administration's deal with Tehran. CGTN's Toby Muse reports.

"The final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be defended", Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammed Javad Zarif.

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His moderate government is under pressure from hardliners to show toughness in reacting to the US withdrawal from the deal.

It follows a visit by the Iranian diplomat to Beijing on Sunday where he stressed the importance of keeping the accords, which were signed in 2015 with the aim of both halting Tehran's nuclear ambitions and stimulating the country's economy. Zarif was one of the main architects of the original deal hammered out in 2015.

We should understand that the JCPOA is not just an agreement between the United States and Iran, but one negotiated alongside other members of the global community including the United Kingdom, France, and Germany, along with China and Russian Federation.

Former Defense Secretary Robert Gates said while the Iran deal was "a flawed agreement" because of a lack of unfettered inspections and other problems, leaving the deal isolates the USA and Trump should have extended it for at least another six months to work with allies.

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"The group has cut its production by about 1.6 million barrels per day since the end of 2016, with about half of the reduction coming from Saudi Arabia".

European officials have all expressed deep disappointment over the pullout, with French officials particularly angry.

The U.S. could sanction European businesses that work with Iran, national security adviser John Bolton told CNN's Jake Tapper on Sunday. This way, European companies that will keep dealing with Iran, will not feel that our doors will remain open for them. Companies like French oil giant Total and the car-maker Renault have investments in Iran.

During recent conversations with Britain's Boris Johnson, France's Jean-Yves Le Drian and Germany's Heiko Maas, Pompeo stressed that they "share strong interests in preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon and in countering the Iranian regime's destabilizing activities in the region", according to a statement.

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European diplomats acknowledged that the EU support, however honest, risked looking hollow after Trump reimposed an array of wide sanctions last week on Iran that will hit European companies investing there. This was besides the condition that Iran would abide by the demands of International Atomic Energy Agency to inspect the nuclear establishments as and when they desire.

U.S. must counter Iran nuclear move