Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Bruno Le Maire

Bruno Le Maire

Trump's decision to pull the USA out of the Iran nuclear came despite pleas from European allies to remain in the Obama-era agreement.

In a lengthy statement on Friday, the Iranian government warned that it would take "whatever reciprocal measures it deems expedient" if it is not fully compensated for the US withdrawal from the nuclear agreement as provided for in the accord.

Before leaving Tehran, Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif and EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini in a telephone conversation discussed the fate of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) after the USA pullout, according to Fars. Dr Cumin says that New Zealand should also condemn Iran's actions and consider if allowing them to acquire nuclear weapons is truly in the interests of the world.

With the Iran deal in the rearview mirror, the next major test for Mr. Trump's team will be his negotiation with the North Korean leader, Kim Jong-un. But Bolton left open the possibility that if they do not, the U.S. might sanction foreign corporations that continue to do business with Iran.

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Iran has claimed its nuclear program is for civilian purposes and denies supporting extremists in the region.

Making the rounds on the Sunday morning shows, National Security Adviser John Bolton expressed hope that European countries would follow President Trump's lead and exit the Iran nuclear deal. Trump has repeatedly pointed to those omissions in referring to the accord as the "worst deal ever".

"Iran's interests in important areas and issues relevant to the JCPOA, like oil, gas, and petrochemicals sales, as well as banking relations should be clearly and explicitly defined and guaranteed", Rouhani said.

"Do we want to be vassals who obey decisions taken by the United States while clinging to the hem of their pants?"

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A number of European companies, including Airbus, Siemens and Total, had established operations in Iran since the signing of the deal.

Russian President Vladimir Putin and German Chancellor Angela Merkel spoke Friday and underlined their aim of preserving the deal and peace in the Mideast.

"This deal is not a bilateral treaty".

But 54 percent of respondents said they feared a direct military confrontation with Iran was looming and agreed with officials who said that it would be better "to have the fight now and not at a later stage", the paper said.

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"A few days ago Trump wrote a letter to leaders of #PersianGulf states, which was revealed to us", the supreme leader wrote. No regime loyalists would dare say it, especially to an American reporter, but Iranians are furious with their own government's failure to deliver basics like electricity, water and decent wages.

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