United States wants to work with Europeans on new Iran deal: Pompeo

United States wants to work with Europeans on new Iran deal: Pompeo

German Foreign minister, Heiko Maas held a phone talk with his Iranian counterpart Mohammad Javad Zarif, ahead of high level negotiations between Iran and the European Union on nuclear deal, scheduled for May 15.

President Hassan Rouhani had said on Tuesday that Tehran would remain in the deal, provided its benefits stayed in force with its remaining signatories.

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.

The sanctions clash came as some European countries, including France and Germany, served notice that they are considering counter measures to allow their firms to keep trading with Iran. "The agreement against nuclear weapons in Iran is an agreement that certainly has weaknesses, but an agreement that we should stand for".

"This was part of the flaw of the deal to entice Europe and the United States into economic relations with Iran that eventually would have worked against really holding Iran accountable for violations of the deal".

Zarif's statement said that with the USA withdrawal from the deal, Iran is prepared to embark on the 2025 enrichment project now.

In exchange, global sanctions against Iran were lifted, allowing it to sell its oil and gas worldwide. "The general mood music is that it's going to be very hard", she said.

Zarif made no mention of the flare-up with Israel, but said the country had the right to defend itself, particularly in the light of the eight-year war with Iraq that began when the regime of Saddam Hussein invaded Iran in 1980.

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It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees it could maintain trade ties despite renewed United States sanctions.

"We all agreed that we have a relative in intensive care and we all want to get him or her out of intensive care as quickly as possible", European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini told reporters after the 90-minute meeting.

"I am not prepared to evaluate the position of our Iranian counterparts concerning these developments", Ryabkov said when asked about Iran's compliance with the JCPOA.

"These actions are further proof that the Iranian regime's reckless actions pose a severe threat to regional peace and security".

EU leaders aim to show a united front on preserving the Iran deal when they meet for a pre-summit dinner in Sofia on Wednesday, European Council President Donald Tusk said. The U.S. pulled out of the pact last week and promised to impose tough economic sanctions on Iran.

Ship insurance was a critical hurdle when sanctions were previously imposed on Iran because tanker operators couldn't obtain the level of cover that's considered standard across the oil industry.

"Already this week, the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) has fired rockets at Israeli citizens, and Iran's proxies in Yemen have launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh", it said. In this case, the USA chose to also impose "secondary sanctions", which also apply to non-Americans and non-U.S. companies. The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has constantly maintained that Iran is sticking to the terms of the agreement and is not cheating, a fact independently verified by the USA military as well. President Trump has discussed with President Macron in France with Chancellor Merkel in Germany with Prime Minister May in England to move beyond the deal.

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