Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Culture&Arts | By Drew Collins

Rouhani Orders Talks With JCPOA Partners To 'Guarantee' Iran's Interests

Rouhani Orders Talks With JCPOA Partners To 'Guarantee' Iran's Interests

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif has embarked on a whirlwind diplomatic tour to gauge worldwide readiness to guarantee Iran's interests if it decides to remain in a nuclear deal after USA withdrawal.

Upon his arrival, Mr. Zarif met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Mr. Zarif's diplomatic tour took him to Beijing at the weekend and will see him visit Brussels later in the week, as the global backers of the 2015 accord scrabble to save it.

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".

State news agency IRNA confirmed Zarif departed in the early hours of Sunday morning.

After meeting his Chinese counterpart on Sunday, Mr. Zarif said he was hopeful of forging a "clear future design" for the accord.

Lavrov and Zarif will discuss the "possibility of preserving the Iran nuclear deal", according to Russian state media agency TASS.

Khamenei said on Wednesday that Iran does not trust France, Germany and the United Kingdom to provide the "real guarantees" needed for Iran to remain in the agreement.


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

The visit will be the second stop on a tour of key capitals as Iran deals with the fallout from U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to pull out of the 2015 accord, which provides Tehran with relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear program.

Beijing has expressed regret over Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear and says it remains committed to the pact.

Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming the "extremist administration" of US President Donald Trump for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".

Senior EU politicians recently threatened that the 28-nation bloc is ready to challenge any move that may harm their businesses in the Iranian market at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

During the talks, the two sides also discussed the latest regional developments including Syria crisis, the legal regime of Caspian Sea, the issue of Palestine and the irresponsible move by the USA to relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.

As the Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is heading to Brussels to meet the EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, EU is pondering an answer after the USA threatened on Sunday to impose sanctions on European companies that do business with Iran.

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