Russia: Iran Must Offer Concessions on Nuclear Deal

Foreign Minister of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif says the negotiations aimed at protecting the multilateral nuclear deal after the USA withdrawal are "on the right track".

Russian Federation will comply with its liabilities within framework of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action regarding the Iranian nuclear program to reconfigure the Fordow enrichment facility.

Indeed, the major reasons for the USA withdrawal from the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program are not linked to the agreement itself, but to Washington's approach to Tehran's policy in the Middle East, Ryabkov said.

In the immediate aftermath of the meeting, Zarif told the media that all sides were "on the right track to ensure that the interests of the JCPOA's remaining participants, particularly Iran, will be preserved and guaranteed".

Europe and Iran sought a united front on Tuesday to save the nuclear deal U.S. President Donald Trump abandoned last week, with Britain warning against regime change and Tehran expressing hope it could keep the economic benefits of the accord.

Trump made the decision to pull out of the Iran nuclear deal despite the recommendations of his own Defense Secretary, Jim Mattis and former Chief of Staff General H.R. McMaster, as well as the entire United States intelligence community, who said there was no evidence that Tehran had failed to comply with the deal.

Mohammad Javad Zarif will meet with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany-the three European nations involved in the landmark deal who are incensed by Washington's abandonment of the pact.

The two leaders reiterated their commitment to the Iran accord in the phone call, the Kremlin press service said in a statement.

Earlier, he visited Beijing and Moscow and sat for talks with his Chinese and Russian counterparts over the fate of the JCPOA.

The Iranian foreign minister added that the USA actions not only undermine the principles of peaceful settlement of disputes but endanger multilateralism.

Following talks with British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson in London, French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on May 14 that France, Britain, and Germany were "determined" to save the Iranian nuclear deal.

In remarks before his departure for Brussels, Zarif talked about the goal of his negotiations with European officials and said he held good and substantive meetings with his counterparts in Russian Federation and China.

"Unfortunately once again we see that Washington is trying to revise key global agreements as it happens to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it happens to Jerusalem (al-Quds) problem and a number of other agreements", the top Russian diplomat said.

The U.S. Treasury announced on Tuesday more sanctions on officials of the Iranian central bank, including Governor Valiollah Seif, for allegedly moving millions of dollars on behalf of the country's Revolutionary Guards Corps to Lebanon's Shia Hezbollah group. "This is why we need to cooperate in protecting our legitimate interests".



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