Rouhani threatens to quit nuke deal if interests not secured

09 July, 2018, 07:30 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • GETTYPresident Hassan Rouhani warned Iran could soon halt exports of oil to neighbouring countries

From the moment President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the Iran Nuclear deal, a.k.a.

Foreign ministers and senior diplomats from Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation held talks on Friday with their Iranian counterpart, Mohammad Javad Zarif, in Vienna for the first time since US President Donald Trump announced he was abandoning the nuclear deal and moving to re-impose sanctions on Iran.

Foreign ministers of China, Russia, France, Britain, Germany and Iran attend a meeting to discuss how to save the Iran nuclear deal following the USA withdrawal, in Vienna, Austria, July 6, 2018.

Since Trump's shock move in May, which dismayed all other signatories, Washington has warned other countries to end trade and investment in Iran and stop buying its oil from early November or face punitive measures.

"In Vienna for JCPOA Ministerial Meeting".

Gen. Qassem Soleimani, commander of the IRGC-QF, who runs Iran's foreign military operations, said, addressing Rouhani, "Your valuable statement that said there will be no guarantees for oil exports from this region unless the Islamic Republic of Iran (can) also export its oil was a source of pride".

Foreign ministers from the remaining signatories met in Vienna today to work around continuing U.S. efforts to kill the deal, but U.S. Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, was missing.

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Rouhani had said to a group of Iranians now living in Switzerland on Tuesday that if the United States tried to prevent Iran from exporting its oil, "they do not understand what it means, because it would be totally nonsense that Iran's oil is not exported while at the same time the region's oil is exported".

"We will not be able to compensate for everything that arises from companies pulling out of Iran", Heiko Maas told reporters before a round of talks among the remaining parties to the deal.

"We advise businesses that want to keep investing (in Iran), we want to keep payment systems open, and we want to build security through widening the mandate of the European Investment Bank", he said. The rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.

Iran has been committed to its obligations under the deal, he stressed.

Trump in May slammed the nuclear accord signed under his predecessor Barack Obama as "horrible" and "defective at its core", earning applause from Iran's regional rivals Saudi Arabia and Israel. The demands have been rejected by Iran.

An Austria-based Iranian diplomat was among four people arrested on suspicion of plotting an attack on an Iranian opposition group in France last week.

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