Iranian Foreign Minister Discusses Nuclear Deal with Russian Federation

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Zarif was returning from a diplomatic tour of the remaining parties to the 2015 nuclear agreement - Britain, France, Germany, China and Russian Federation - following the United States decision last week to pull out.

Trump pulled out because the deal didn't look at leverage and the sanctions threat against Iran's regional influence, especially in countries like Syria and Yemen.

Mohammad Javad Zarif said he had held a "constructive" meeting in Brussels with his European counterparts, including Boris Johnson, following Donald Trump's decision to withdraw from the pact. More importantly, the economic embargo proposed by the United States may threaten the economic benefits to Iran that are critical to the Iran nuclear deal signed by President Obama in 2015.

"But in the case of Iran, it would be impossible because USA companies will now stop doing business there", she noted.

She said: 'It allowed us to agree on a common set of lines of actions and measures to put in place on which we will start working tomorrow'.

But European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meeting, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around USA sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach.

Mr Johnson said the United Kingdom remained "fully committed" to upholding the agreement amid concerns that sanctions will also damage European business interests.

The deal's proponents say it is crucial to forestalling a nuclear Iran and preventing wider war in the Middle East.

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"We have no illusions about Iran's disruptive behaviour, but we think we can tackle those in other ways outside the JCPOA".

Ms Mogherini agreed at the end of a long day of diplomatic meetings. "But there are so many other geopolitical issues, that the landscape is very hard to understand where we're going".

"We are facing a very complicated issue where even if Europeans consider that the deal continues to work, the companies that would want to protect themselves would have to cut all their ties with the United States", she said.

Accordingly, Iran's President Hassan Rouhani said that Iran would remain in the global nuclear deal in case the country's interests are secured by other parties to the agreement. "We don't have much to threaten the Americans".

European businesses with activity in Iran would also come under US sanctions against the Middle East country, and it remains to be seen if they would flout the USA directives against doing business in Iran. The commission is expected to unveil them to European Union leaders at a summit in Sofia, Bulgaria, today.

Commenting on the May 15 move, Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov called Trump's conditions a "significant pressure" upon the other signatories of the Iran nuclear accord.

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