Iran Frantically Tries to Salvage Nuclear Deal

Mahesh Senanayake

The future of the deal is in doubt after US President Donald Trump announced plans to pull the US out of the agreement that was signed in 2015.

It will depend on the decision of Tehran to remain in the deal or no deal, Rouhani says.

When nuclear negotiations were underway in 2015, Khamenei listed seven "red line" issues that the Iranian diplomatic team, led by Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, had to make part of the final agreement.

In response to Trump's move, Rouhani referred to the US' exit from the nuclear accord as a "violation of morals" in remarks broadcast by state television, reported Reuters.

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 fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.

Rouhani has instructed his foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to engage in direct talks with his British, Chinese, French, German and Russian counterparts in a bid to protect his country's interests, and salvage whatever it could from the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action agreed with the five countries and the U.S. which is commonly known as the Iran deal.

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Rouhani affirmed Iran's commitment to curb its nuclear ambitions in the coming years on the basis that Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation - who also signed the accord three years ago - could guarantee that Iran be safeguarded from sanctions against vital areas of its economy, including oil.

The three European states have also recommitted to the agreement, but senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University on Friday that Europe was not to be trusted.

Meanwhile, Mrs May also used the phone call to bolster the European support for the Iran nuclear deal - created to prevent the country developing atomic weapons.

It is not clear how the US removal from the deal will affect President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

"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. "If the European Union leans towards accommodating the USA, all the progress we have made since 2015 will be lost".

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