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Iranian hardliners saying, 'I told you so,' after US withdrawal

Iranian hardliners saying, 'I told you so,' after US withdrawal

In the wake of President Trump's decision to withdraw from the Iran nuclear deal, European leaders on Tuesday began discussions about how they might sweeten the deal to keep Iran from restarting its nuclear program and stand up to coming USA sanctions on companies that do business in Iran. Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov made such opening remarks at talks with Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Javad Zarif Moscow, today, on May 14.

Mogherini said "expert talks" on relevant financial and economic issues such as banking transactions and oil would begin soon and the deputy foreign ministers from the three European nations and Iran would meet in Vienna next week.

Simultaneously, the country would make preparations to restart its programme of nuclear enrichment, he added, as per CNN. Now, we must see if this worldwide agreement to prevent Tehran from obtaining a nuclear weapon can survive without the backing of the United States of America-and what consequences will unfold from the President's decision.

"We have the capacity and we are ready to resume our nuclear activities to a much higher level if the talks fail with Europeans to save the nuclear deal after America's exit", Iranian Atomic Energy Organization head Ali Akbar Salehi was quoted as saying by Iran's Fars news agency, Reuters reported.

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.

Thousands later demonstrated across the country to protest President Donald Trump's withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Israel accused the Quds Force - the elite overseas operations arm of Iran's Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC) - of launching 20 rockets at its military positions in Syria on Thursday morning.

However, the European Union (EU) is now rushing to shield Iran from these sanctions. "The general mood music is that it's going to be very hard", she said.

"In the end, the size of the US market dwarfs any prospect of any benefit they can get from Iran", Maloney said.

He said that he would work to protect European businesses from being hit by USA measures if they continue to trade with Iran.

Iranian hardliners - who have long opposed President Hassan Rouhani s moves to improve ties with the West - are already mobilizing against the efforts to save the nuclear deal.

Trump's critics say that since the objective of the deal was to restrict Iran's nuclear development, not its overall military spending, the budget numbers are meaningless.

Both Le Maire and Germany's finance minister Olaf Scholz had spoken to their United States counterpart Steven Mnuchin, urging him to consider exemptions or delays for companies already present in the country.

Mr Zarif is likely to seek assurances on European investments and the fate of a troubled 100-aircraft Airbus order following the U.S. decision to reinstate sanctions on the Islamic Republic, said analysts. Minister Zarif, in turn, said it had turned into a habit for US government to violate global law.

Iran has said it had asked Europe's Airbus to announce whether it would go ahead with a plane deal with Tehran following the United States pull-out. US officials were reaching out Tuesday to central banks in other countries in the Middle East and Europe to inform them of the sanctions and encourage them to immediately freeze assets the bank has overseas.

Earlier this year, Iran's oil minister, Bijan Namdar Zanganeh, said multinationals including Royal Dutch Shell, France's Total, Italy's ENI, Japan's Inpex and Malaysia's Petronas had submitted proposals to expand the Azadegan oil field near the Iraqi border.

Le Maire proposed creating a European body that would have the same kind of powers that the U.S. Justice Department has to punish foreign companies for their trade practices. European countries say Trump's decision will raise the risk of conflict in the region.