Iran turns to China as Europe tries to save nuclear deal

Trump's decision to exit nuclear deal amplifies widespread anger in Iran

Iran foreign minister sets off on tour to save nuclear deal

Iran's Foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrived in Beijing today on the first leg of a whirlwind diplomatic tour planned to rescue the nuclear deal left on the brink of collapse after the U.S. pulled out.

"It is not the matter of Iran's nuclear deal, it is the matter of dignity of Europe because President Trump believes in unilateralism; he thinks he's master of the world, he's a business police of the world and he will make a decision and the other countries must obey him", Mr Mianji said.

Mohammad Javad Zarif met the EU's foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini ahead of talks with counterparts from Britain, France and Germany - the three European signatories to the landmark deal who are scrabbling to preserve it.

Iran signed the nuclear deal in 2015 with the United States, as well as Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation.

Lavrov and Zarif have other issues to discuss as well, primarily the situation in Syria, which deteriorated in the wake of Washington's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.

Zarif further censured the USA under Trump for developing the habit of voicing opposition to global deals and regulations. A new exchange of strikes occurred on May 10.

Meanwhile, Lavrov said that Russian Federation and Europe had a duty to "jointly defend their legal interests" in terms of the Iran deal. However, the fate of the JCPOA is expected to top the agenda of the meeting.

White House National Security adviser John Bolton refreshed the threat on Sunday, saying US sanctions could be imposed on European companies doing business with Iran.

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Meanwhile, UK Prime Minister Theresa May, French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel issued a joint statement calling on all other parties to the JCPOA to stay committed to their liabilities under it.

China has maintained investment and trade relations with Iran, even under the economic sanctions from Western nations before the nuclear deal. On January 16, 2016, the parties to the deal announced beginning of its implementation.

Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US, Germany, and the European Union - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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

In the past week, it has slapped a new series of sanctions against Iran.

Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran does not trust France, Germany and the United Kingdom to provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to remain in the agreement.

A German Economy Ministry spokesman said the government had noted Bolton's comments.

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