Iran FM Sets Out on Diplomatic Tour to Save Nuclear Deal


"Since the signing of the JCPOA (nuclear deal), we have gone from an atmosphere like a gold rush, to one of utter depression", said a Western trade diplomat on condition of anonymity.

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"We believe that this occurred mainly due to the reasons, which are not tied to the JCPOA, and frankly speaking, the U.S. representatives are not hiding this", Ryabkov said. Tehran's chief diplomat embarked on the tour as regional tensions spiked just days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian pro-regime fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies. "We need to determine parameters for work within the JCPOA without the USA", he noted. "We have interests and we have values and we have to balance both", Kaeser said. As a effect, Europeans are no less despised and distrusted in Iranian decision-making circles these days.

Iran has said it is preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe can provide solid guarantees that it can maintain trade ties despite renewed United States sanctions.

As a quid pro quo, all worldwide sanctions against Iran, the fifth largest exporter of oil, by U.S. and other countries, were lifted and Iran's economy, which had suffered all these years, was able to revive and come back to its feet.

Hassan Rouhani, the moderate President of Iran, who negotiated the nuclear deal, might lose his standing in the country as hardliners pitch for more aggressive steps, including developing a nuclear weapon capability and more military engagement in the neighbourhood.

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The exit drew swift criticism from the deal's other signatories, including US allies in Europe who'd tried for weeks to convince Trump to remain on board and said they plan to keep their commitment to the deal.

While the USA has nearly nothing to lose in reneging on the JCPOA, India has a lot to lose both economically and geopolitically, and it will take deft diplomacy to adapt to the changing alignments. "President Donald Trump will translate into life what he said on May 8", Ryabkov said. "Russia will comply with its obligations under the JCPOA to the full".

"As you know very well, we have many other disagreements", she said.

The Iran nuclear deal, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), was signed in July 2015 after Tehran, Russia, the United States, United Kingdom, China, France, and Germany agreed on a detailed, 159-page agreement that established a series of limitations on Iran's nuclear programme that would keep the Islamic Republic from developing weapons-grade plutonium in exchange for the lifting of crippling worldwide sanctions. Mike Pompeo, the secretary of state, has backed Trump on the treaty and called Iran the "biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world".

According to reports, including AP's, Europe was ready to play ball with Trump on increasing pressure on Iran to curb its missile program and to loosen restrictions on inspections of nuclear facilities. The US president said that old sanctions would be restored and new ones would be introduced in case Tehran attempted to pursue its nuclear ambitions. Second, even though Mr. Trump might think that playing hardball with Tehran will help him to extract concessions from Pyongyang, it is equally possible that the North Koreans will think twice before entering into any agreement with the untrustworthy Trump administration.