Zarif embarks on journey to save nuclear deal by first visiting China

14 May, 2018, 04:58 | Author: Essie Rivera
  • Rouhani: Nuclear deal to be preserved if remaining parties give 'guarantees'

The Minister of foreign Affairs of Iran Javad Zarif arrived in China to discuss the fate of the nuclear deal after the exit of the United States. This is while the UN's atomic watchdog, the IAEA, have in 10 periodical reports since the JCPOA's implementation in January 2016 testified to Iran's abidance by the deal.

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six worldwide mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015.

President Hassan Rouhani said he had asked Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to negotiate with European countries, China and Russian Federation in the coming weeks.

FM says Tehran is "ready for all options" as he embarks on tour with pact's other signatories in wake of U.S. withdrawal.

Zarif is now on a tour of the countries that are the parties to the agreement on the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) to hold consultations to salvage the deal.

A number of European companies, including Airbus, Siemens and Total, have established operations in Iran since the signing of the deal.

Meanwhile, thousands of Iranians signed a petition calling on authorities to resume the country's nuclear program, which was significantly curbed under the 2015 pact, in response to US President Donald Trump's pullout last week, Iran's semi-official Fars news site reported.

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Fellow signatories to the deal have been quick to denounce Trump's decision.

Iran's foreign minister yesterday began attempts to salvage the nuclear deal in China, the country's biggest trade partner, rather than Brussels, increasing fears that President Trump's decision to pull out of it will marginalise Europe. "We are certain that today China is by our side".

Earlier in the week, France, Germany and the United Kingdom expressed "regret and concern" over the US' withdrawal.

Mr Zarif said on his first stop, China, that he hoped to secure a "clear future design" for the agreement.

That is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity following Trump's unilateral withdrawal from what he called "a awful, one-sided deal", a move accompanied by the threat of penalties against any foreign firms doing business in Iran.

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

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