Britain continues to believe that the Iran nuclear deal "has value" despite the U.S. walking away from it, Boris Johnson said as he arrived in Brussels for talks with his French and German counterparts.
According to the diplomat, China, a member of the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) on Iran's nuclear program, pays great attention to the issue and is ready to engage in talks on the issue with all states.
President Vladimir Putin's foreign affairs adviser, Yuri Ushakov, said the trade agreement had been under discussion for long time.
Major European powers sought Tuesday to keep Iran in a landmark global nuclear agreement even after President Donald Trump pulled the USA out of the pact and promised tough economic sanctions against the Islamic Republic.
"Zarif is saying we have our hardliners and ... who knows what they're going to do", Maloney said.
Iran's foreign minister embarks on a tour of world powers on Saturday, state media reported, in what is seen as a last-ditch effort to save Tehran's nuclear deal after Washington's withdrawal from the accord.
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"We want to be sure that companies are protected from the American sanctions and Iran benefits from the dividends", he said. She also added that European Union and Iran would hold a meeting on JCPOA in Vienna next week at the level of political directors.
For China, "Iran is at the center of everything". In 2017, bilateral trade reportedly amounted to $1.7 billion, down 20 percent from the previous year and well below the more than $3 billion in the late 2000s. Trump's decision to pull out of the Iran deal has left his country diplomatically isolated.
German Finance Minister Olaf Scholz spoke with his USA counterpart Steve Mnuchin in order to secure an exemption for German firms from the sanctions penalties, according to a report from German newspaper Handelsblatt on Friday.
"They are used to working within legal and economic constraints".
The analyst believes that in case the Iranian issue is discussed at the UN Security Council, China and Russian Federation, two permanent UNSC members, could support Tehran.
Russian Federation and Iran sought to strengthen their business ties long before the 2015 agreement, despite worldwide sanctions in place. "The less competition from the USA and the European Union, the better", said Charlie Robertson, an analyst at Renaissance Capital. The U.S. and its allies...are in no position to impose restrictions on the Islamic Republic of Iran's lawful means of defense, including defensive ballistic missiles which have been created to carry conventional weapons based on the bitter experiences of the war with the regime of Saddam Hussein.