Iran Calls for Clarity Over Nuclear Deal After Talks With China

"We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement", Zarif said, speaking alongside his Chinese counterpart, Wang Yi.

He said the deal "is based on the balance of obligations" between Tehran and the opposite side, including the U.S., and that after Washington's pullout "this balance is undermined", adding, "We should see how we can secure the interests of the Iranian people".

"We will look at potential options for supporting continued sanctions relief for Iran to ensure we meet our commitments under the deal, as well as calling on Iran to continue to abide by the restrictions the deal places upon their nuclear program", he said.

He will later head to Moscow and Brussels.

Speaking on "Fox News Sunday, " Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said withdrawing from the 2015 accord wasn't aimed at Europeans, but he didn't rule out the USA imposing sanctions on entities that continue to do business with Iran, even as efforts continue to strike a new deal.

They were shifting the balance of power in the Middle East until President Trump got out of this deal, ” he said adding that the policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to a deliverable nuclear weapon.

National security adviser John Bolton with President Trump during an April cabinet meeting at the White House.

The sanctions will target critical sectors of Iran's economy, including petrochemicals, energy and finance.

The EU, which along with Germany, France, Britain, Russia, China and the United States, signed the nuclear accord with Iran, does have some steps it can take to shield European business in Iran.

Trump's new ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, suggested that exemptions were unlikely, saying Thursday, 'German companies doing business in Iran should wind down operations immediately'.

The President made the same claim in announcing his decision to pull the United States out of the Iran nuclear agreement earlier this week - an assertion that fact checkers have called "exaggerated" and lacking crucial context.

"China will take an objective, fair and responsible attitude, keep communication and cooperation with all parties concerned, and continue to work to maintain the deal".

Bolton expressed optimism that European allies will follow Trump's lead and exit the deal, despite the assertions of the leaders of France, the United Kingdom, and Germany that they intend to remain in the agreement.

Before leaving Iran, Zarif published a government statement via Twitter criticising Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the global community".

Shortly after Trump's announcement about the US withdrawal from the JCPOA, President Hassan Rouhani said Tehran would stay in the deal with other signatories if its interests are guaranteed. And I said, look, Emmanuel, they just gave Renault a lot of money.


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