Iran FM on diplomatic tour to salvage nuclear deal

Iran FM on diplomatic tour to salvage nuclear deal

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said on Sunday the deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), could still prevent Tehran from acquiring nuclear weapons.

The White House says it is examining information released Monday by Israel allegedly detailing Iranian efforts to cover up the extent of its nuclear efforts before signing onto a 2015 accord meant to freeze the program. There is another serious problem that may arise after the USA walks away from the Iran nuclear deal.

The Trump administration portrayed its rejection of the nuclear agreement as a response, in part, to Tehran's interventions in the Middle East, underpinning Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's tough line towards Iran.

The development came as Iran's foreign minister said he was hopeful of forging a "clear future design" for the pact, while speaking in Beijing at the start of a diplomatic tour aimed at rescuing it. We all share the common objective of making sure that Iran never gets nuclear weapons, are anxious about their terribly destabilising and threatening military behaviour across the region and their ballistic missile program.

On Monday he also sent a letter to the United Nations in which he accused the U.S. of showing a "complete disregard for global law" in pulling out of the deal. The grouping includes Kazakhstan, Belarus, Armenia and Kyrgyzstan.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson told his Parliament that Britain will continue to respect the deal as long as worldwide inspectors can verify Iran's compliance.

"The Europeans have repeated on several occasions that they will not be able to resist United States sanctions".

She added that the United States can not undo the agreement by pulling out, saying: "this deal is not a bilateral treaty".

Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif held talks with EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini upon his arrival to Brussels May 15 morning, Iranian media reported.

She called for calm on all sides. "It seems that today screaming and shouting, insulting and bullying, systematically destroying and dismantling everything already in place is the mood of our times".

Theresa May has challenged Donald Trump on the impact of sanctions against Iran which will affect United Kingdom firms doing business there, amid a growing European backlash.

Planemakers Airbus and Boeing, oil companies and auto manufacturers like France's Renault and Peugeot could be among companies hardest hit.

National security adviser John Bolton on Sunday downplayed his past support for regime change as the Trump administration takes a more aggressive approach toward Iran.

Putin's foreign affairs adviser Yuri Ushakov said Friday the deal between Iran, Russia and other members of the Moscow-dominated Eurasian Economic Union is set to be signed next week.

However, Le Maire acknowledged he has "no illusions" that he'll get what he asked for.

"We consider ourselves as one of the participants in the accord and we are going to fulfill it and are in close contact and dialogue with all the other participants", Ryabkov said. "As those sanctions kick in, it will have an even broader effect as well", he said.

However, the sanctions for now only affect companies that operate out of the USA or have significant exposure there. According to the law, foreign economic institutions conducting transactions with the central bank in Iran are prohibited from doing business with US -based financial institutions.