UK, French, Germany FMs to meet over Iran on Tuesday

  • UK, French, Germany FMs to meet over Iran on Tuesday

UK, French, Germany FMs to meet over Iran on Tuesday

And European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini insisted that it's not up to the United States to determine the deal's future anyway.

The Japanese FM on Wednesday had said his country is unhappy with the U.S. withdrawal from Iran deal and will make efforts to preserve it.

Britain, France and Germany are working to secure measures to protect European countries working in Iran against the danger of USA sanctions after President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal.

Independent political scientist Vladimir Sotnikov said Moscow remains less exposed to the economic consequences of United States sanctions than Europe and its companies could even benefit from the move.

Its foreign minister Sergei Lavrov said "all issues should be solved through dialogue" and that it had warned Israel to avoid "all actions that could be seen as provocative".

Federica Mogherini said that the nuclear deal didn't require additional work or any amendments.

Iranian state TV aired footage of protests against the USA and Israel at rallies in Tehran and elsewhere after Friday prayers.

Tehran's chief diplomat embarked on the tour as regional tensions spiked just days after unprecedented Israeli strikes in Syria which a monitor said killed at least 11 Iranian fighters, triggering fears of a broader conflict between the two arch-enemies.

President Trump announced Tuesday that the United States will withdraw from the Obama era agreement, calling the deal "defective at its core" and that "the Iranian regime has funded its long reign of chaos and terror by plundering the wealth of its own people".

"The deal and the lifting of sanctions in 2015 marked the return of European business to Iran.

But if we want to stay in this agreement and ensure that Iran stays in this agreement and abides to the terms of the agreement, then we need to talk about this", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said.

Moscow "is not scared" On a visit to Tehran on Thursday, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said the two countries meant to continue "all round economic cooperation". "That is what we have done and that is what we will continue doing", Netanyahu said.

Igor Delanoe said that Russian Federation had a "real role to play" in Iran's energy and electricity sectors.

She also slammed the idea that there could be a quick replacement for the Iran deal, which she reminded the audience took 12 years to negotiate.

Merkel said the USA decision to withdraw from the deal was a serious blow, and that it would be hard to keep the deal alive, given that a "huge economic power has left".

German exports to Iran totalled almost 3 billion euros in 2017, while French exports soared from 562 million euros in 2015 to 1.5 billion in 2017 and oil giant Total has pledged to invest some $5 billion in the South Pars gas field.

"We are determined to keep this deal in place", Mogherini said, adding that only Iran has the power to unilaterally wreck the deal.

"The Europeans have repeated on several occasions that they will not be able to resist U.S. sanctions".