Published: Sun, May 13, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Britain Firmly Committed to Ensuring Iran Nuclear Deal

Britain Firmly Committed to Ensuring Iran Nuclear Deal

The high-water mark for any deal with Iran would have been complete denuclearisation.

Speaking to the BBC, Guterres said there was a real risk of war if the 2015 agreement was not preserved.

On Friday, France urged Europeans to stand up to Trump over the nuclear deal and not act as "vassals", as the EU scrambles to find ways to save the accord and the billions of dollars in trade it unleashed.

European oil companies are not ruling out reducing Iranian oil imports after the threat of new US sanctions, with some expecting banking issues to hinder trade, but there was no rush to immediately cut volumes.

Zarif is due to leave for Beijing on Saturday and will later travel to Russian Federation.

Zarif will hold high-pressure talks with the other parties to the deal, first in Beijing and Moscow, and then with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany in Brussels on Tuesday.

No need to mourn the Iran nuclear deal.

Donald Trump ignored the persistent calls of leaders of the European countries - participants in the JCPOA - not to quit the nuclear deal with Iran, as well as the opinion of a significant part of the American establishment: the withdrawal from the JCPOA ruins the worldwide control over Tehran's nuclear activities, prestige, trust and the United States negotiability, leads to further crises in the Middle East.

"At the end of May I will meet with the British and German finance ministers and the three of us will look at what we can do". The deal itself doesn't directly set limits on Iran's ballistic missile program. On Thursday, Israeli jets heavily targeted Iranian military facilities inside Syria where Iranian forces have been key to propping up Assad.

The Syrian Observatory of Human Rights said Saturday that 11 Iranians were among the pro-regime fighters killed in strikes by Israel, which has vowed to prevent Iran gaining a military foothold in neighboring Syria.

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Tehran, which has sought to avoid an escalation in regional conflict that could alienate its European partners, has not commented on whether its forces were hit.

"Germany, France and Britain, the "EU3", say themselves that Iran poses a threat". But Iran flatly denied the Israeli version of events, saying Israel's attacks were carried out on false "pretexts".

This is why the president warned: "The Iran deal is defective at its core". It did a much better job in dismantling sanctions against Iran than it did in dismantling Tehran's nuclear infrastructure.

From lawmakers burning a paper USA flag on the floor of parliament to public opinion swaying toward restarting higher uranium enrichment, Iran is seeing a political swing threatening the Western rapprochement once sought by President Hassan Rouhani.

Reacting to the decision by President Donald Trump to pull-out of the nuclear deal, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei described the move as "silly", "impudent" and "worthless".

"The President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's fearless nuclear scientists", the statement said.

"We should not scrap it unless we have a good alternative", he said, adding: "We face risky times".

Guterres told the BBC that the Iran agreement was an "important diplomatic victory" and should be maintained.

Many say sanctions allow the government to blame outsiders for its own bad decisions.

Having returned from North Korea on Thursday, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will begin talks in coming days to persuade allies in Europe, the Middle East and Asia to press Iran to return to negotiations over its nuclear and missile programs, US officials said.

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