Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord

FILEP HOTO Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif listens to Charlie Rose at event in conjunction with the 72nd United Nations General Assembly in Manhattan New York

Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord

Zarif later told a joint news conference with Lavrov that "the final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be safeguarded."

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the USA nonetheless Wished to operate together with the Europeans on a new deal.

The Iranian top diplomat made the comments in a Monday meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

Zarif also called the USA decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as "dangerous". At the same time he said the United States was prepared for concluding another agreement on new terms.

Washington's decision to withdraw from the agreement and reimpose sanctions infuriated its allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

Iran's president Hassan Rouhani has assigned his foreign minister to review the future of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), through direct talks with his British, Chinese, French, German and Russian counterparts.

Moscow would have to play a key role in ensuring Tehran does not resume its nuclear program, he added. The conditions Washington has set for Tehran to meet are utterly unrealistic.

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Putin will also meet Yukiya Amano, the head of the International Atomic Energy Agency in Sochi, presidential aide Yury Ushakov said.

U.S. President Donald Trump had announced on Tuesday Washington's pullout from the "defective" 2015 Iran nuclear day, adding that he would re-impose the highest level of economic sanctions against Tehran.

"China and Iran have comprehensive strategic partnership and are trade partners and these relations still continue", he noted.

The Iranian foreign minister highlighted the need for other parties to the JCPOA to provide "sufficient guarantees" that assure Tehran of being able to "reap the benefits" of the nuclear deal. He is expected to visit Brussels as well to hold talks with his counterparts from Germany, Britain, and France as well as the European Union foreign policy chief.

In Beijing, Zarif will hold talks with foreign Minister Wang Yi on the future of the nuclear agreement, reports Interfax-Ukraine with reference to the Iranian media.

"It is a trade-off and a sensible trade-off and... it is the only really workable way we can see to stop Iran getting a nuclear weapon".

The announcement by Donald Trump that the United States would pull out of the agreement came with the restoration of sanctions against Tehran, including six individuals and three companies it claims are funnelling millions of dollars to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard's elite Quds Force.

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