Japan reaffirms support for Iran nuclear deal

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

President Hassan Rouhani said Tuesday that Iran will remain in the 2015 pact temporarily to negotiate with the other six parties - Britain, France, Germany, the European Union, Russia and China - and study the possibility of keeping it alive.

After a 90-minute meeting between Iran and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and the European Union foreign policy chief, Mogherini said that the talks were aimed at developing concrete steps to support the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Washington's decision to withdraw from the deal and reimpose sanctions angered its European allies as well as China and Russian Federation.

He said Iran was "respecting" the terms of the agreement, "so we are going to stick to this agreement". That means that anyone, in any country, who does business with Seif or Tarzali could themselves be punished with sanctions, cutting them off from the US financial system. "They will never abandon the U.S. for us", said Poormoslem, a housewife at the rally. "The answer is no", Le Maire told reporters in Paris, adding that France won't accept the "vassalization of Europe" by USA officials bent on reimposing sanctions on Iran.

"We want to be sure that companies are protected from the American sanctions and Iran benefits from the dividends", he said.

Earlier in the day Ryabkov said Russia´s "European partners" should also work to keep the deal together, in comments reported by news agencies.

Much is at stake for both countries.

The European Union exported almost €11 billion ($13 billion) in goods to Iran in 2017, a 66% increase from 2015. Companies like French oil giant Total and the car-maker Renault have investments in Iran.

Another country with a big stake in Iran's economy is Turkey which did not hide its delight on Friday when Economy Minister Nihat Zeybekci said the USA move was an "opportunity" for Ankara, noting that his country "will continue to trade with Iran". "That means, it is concretely about damage limitation" and offering legal advice, he said. That puts many European companies in the crosshairs. He was quoted by Germany's Bild newspaper as saying firms should question the morality of doing business with Iran.

Israel said the strikes were in response to a missile volley fired from southern Syria by Iran's Al-Quds force, that struck the occupied Golan Heights without causing casualties.

The White House on Friday released a statement accusing Iran of "exporting destabilizing influence throughout the Middle East, even as the Iranian people are victims of a struggling economy". "Both Germany and Russian Federation believe the deal should remain in force", the broadcaster added.

That appears unlikely after Mnuchin said this week that he intends to revoke licenses for the Airbus sales as well as planned plane sales by US manufacturer Boeing.

The EU's energy commissioner is also traveling this week to Iran to discuss strengthening European energy support to the Islamic Republic.

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