Moscow does not rule out Iran's pullout from nuclear deal - diplomat

An oil pump is seen at sunset outside Vaudoy-en-Brie near Paris France

"Because in resolution 2231, the fifth preambular paragraph where it says, we welcome Iran's reaffirming that they don't have any intention to have a nuclear weapons program, it was a lie at the time".

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal as it provides Iran with possibilities of creating a nuclear bomb bypassing all now in force restrictions under the agreement and added that another deal should be signed with Tehran.

"Is the United States going to sanction European companies that do business with Iran?".

"They agreed on the need for calm on all sides and on the importance of tackling Iran's destabilising activity in the region", the spokesman said.

US President Donald Trump spoke over the phone with British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday.

In a phone call dominated by Iran, the Prime Minister and President agreed to hold talks between the United Kingdom and U.S. governments on the effect ofsanctions on British companies.

Khatami, who has echoed sentiments of Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei who says Israel will not exist in 25 years, said the Jewish state could face destruction if it continues to challenge Iran.

"The repeated attacks by the Zionist regime on Syrian territory were carried out under pretexts that were invented", he added.

Iran expects Russia, China and the European countries to guarantee that Tehran's interests in the nuclear deal will be protected, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said.

The pact's signing had been planned for long time, but the move coincides with the U.S. move to re-impose sanctions against Iran that have rattled United States allies.

The 2015 deal offered Tehran sanctions relief in exchange for curbing its nuclear program.

"Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants?"

Under the 2015 deal, Iran would reduce its ability to enrich uranium and allow inspections by an independent agency in return for the lifting of strict sanctions which were choking the country's stagnating economy.

Arguing the nuclear deal wasn't tough enough on Iran, Trump's government is now re-imposing sanctions, and any companies or governments with links to the USA face sanctions if they do not comply.

Palestinian commentators have noted that the timing of the move feels like salt in a wound, as the ceremony will take place on the anniversary of Israel's founding - a day they call the "Naqba", or "disaster", because hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes. Now, Iran will likely up the pressure on those US troops and on USA soldiers in Iraq.

With Pompeo seemingly assuming the "good cop" role on behalf of the Trump administration, it was left to newly appointed U.S. national security advisor John Bolton to remind Europe its firms could be punished if they didn't adhere to American measures.

He said perhaps they feel that way in large part because representatives of the Obama administration were working in the past several weeks to try and prevent the deal from abrogating, which may have given the Europeans the false impression that they could prevail. The article also said that given the fact that the success of the nuclear talks rested on mostly bilateral talks between Iran and the United States, that Europe was simply a role player then and can not become the main player now.



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