Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Iran's Zarif says had constructive European Union meeting over nuclear deal - Tasnim

Iran's Zarif says had constructive European Union meeting over nuclear deal - Tasnim

Zarif, after a closed-door meeting with Mogherini in Brussels, said: "My meeting with Mogherini was good and constructive".

He is due to meet with counterparts from Britain, France and Germany on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump withdrew America from the historic Iran agreement last week, but other nations, including the UK, France, and Germany, have said that they will continue to uphold it. Iran has said it is preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe can provide solid guarantees that it can maintain trade ties despite renewed U.S. sanctions.

World powers agreed to lift some of the economic sanctions imposed on Iran in return for the latter agreeing to limit its nuclear activity to peaceful and civilian purposes.

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When he quit the deal last week, Trump gave businesses a maximum of six months to wind up operations in Iran or face swingeing penalties under American sanctions. "Our meetings will continue during the upcoming two weeks". During his visit to the Belgian capital, Zarif will hold talks with his British, German, and French counterparts as well as EU's Mogherini on the future of the nuclear deal.

Mr Zarif also discussed the agreement with his Russian counterpart, Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, on Monday.

"The final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be defended", Zarif said at the start of a meeting. "The US leaving an worldwide agreement does not mean that the global agreement is null and void", said the French politician, on the eve of a Brussels meeting between the Iranian, French, British and German foreign ministers.

China's Foreign Ministry said talks included an "exchange of views with relevant parties on the developments of the Iranian nuclear issue".

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