Iranian foreign minister visits Beijing amid nuclear deal crisis

Posted May 16, 2018

If Zarif also succeeds in getting European support, Iran plans to adhere to the deal, which has lifted sanctions on the country in exchange for the halting of nuclear activities.

After the U.S. departure from the nuclear deal, Iran is making sure that the deal survives under all circumstances.

Russian Federation is trying to keep the landmark 2015 accord alive in the wake of US President Donald Trump's decision, pushing it into rare cooperation with Europe.

It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees that it could maintain trade ties despite renewed USA sanctions.

Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US, Germany, and the European Union - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

President Hassan Rouhani has said Iran's intention is to stay in the deal so long as their interests are protected. He reportedly added, "If the remaining five countries continue to abide by the agreement, Iran will remain in the deal despite the will of America".

Foreign firms engaging in trade in Iran have also been threatened with punishment, with all manner of companies including Renault, Siemens and Total among those tied up in billions of dollars worth of deals.

The accord lifted global sanctions on Iran in 2016 in return for Tehran shutting down its capacity, under strict surveillance by the United Nations nuclear watchdog, to stockpile enriched uranium for a possible atomic bomb. A Russian foreign ministry spokesman confirms Zarif would meet Russia's Sergei Lavrov on Monday morning. "They will never abandon the U.S. for us", said housewife Poormoslem at a protest rally against Trump on Friday.

"Iran and Russia should guarantee our common interests, which are to preserve the deal and ensure economic benefits for all participants", RIA Novosti news agency quoted Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif as saying on Monday following talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov in Moscow.

He said: "What we are going to do tomorrow in Brussels is we are going to have a conversation about what we can do to help United Kingdom firms, European firms have some confidence that they can still do business".

The White House has already began a fresh push to put pressure on Iran and Washington's European allies.

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

The European Commission will on Wednesday at its weekly meeting consider means of protecting EU companies which are hit by USA "secondary sanctions" for continuing to trade with Iran.