Zarif says Russian Federation confirmed readiness to honor Iran deal despite United States pullout

Zarif says Russian Federation confirmed readiness to honor Iran deal despite United States pullout

Many European diplomats doubt privately that the 2015 accord between Iran and six world powers can survive the reimposition of United States 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.

While announcing his decision, Trump called the agreement "defective at its core", claiming that after the lifting of the sanctions Tehran "used its new funds to build nuclear-capable missiles, support terrorism and cause havoc throughout the Middle East and beyond".

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of USA president Donald Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

Under the deal, agreed in 2015 by Iran and the UN Security Council's five permanent members - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom and the U.S. - and Germany, Iran committed to curbing its nuclear activities in return for an easing of economic sanctions.

"If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America", he said during a meeting with Sri Lanka's president.

Iran on Sunday gave the European Union 60 days to guarantee the continued implementation of the nuclear deal after the USA decision to leave.

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

But European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Washington's withdrawal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic. "If the European Union leans towards accommodating the USA, all the progress we have made since 2015 will be lost".

Mohammad Ali Jaafari, head of the Revolutionary Guards, said the country could not rely on the West.

Zarif said he was seeking "assurances" from the nuclear deal's backers following the withdrawal of the US.

But European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meetings, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around U.S. sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach.

"Officials shouldn't trust France and Britain".

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

He said: "What we are going to do tomorrow in Brussels is we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms, European firms have some confidence that they can still do business". "They will never abandon the USA for us", said housewife Poormoslem at a protest rally against Trump on Friday.

But analysts said Iran was determined to maintain the moral high ground in the coming weeks.

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