Iran Urges EU to Hold Meeting of JCPOA Joint Commission

Iranians hold placards bearing anti-US slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran

Iranians hold placards bearing anti-US slogans during a demonstration after Friday prayers in the capital Tehran

Zarif will meet his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov, according to Iran's foreign ministry.

Zarif said on Tuesday he wanted to discuss the nuclear deal, which US President Donald Trump withdrew from last week, as well as the deaths of dozens of Palestinians in Gaza.

President Vladimir Putin held a meeting in Sochi with IAEA Director Yukiya Amano, after which presidential spokesman Dmitry Peskov said that the talks took place in a positive atmosphere and that Russian Federation conveyed to the IAEA its position on the developments on the Iranian nuclear file and other files related to maintaining the non-proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.

On Sunday US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said Washington still wants to work with Europe to counter Iran's "malign behavior".

Zarif's has since embarked on a whirlwind global tour, visiting both Russian Federation and China, the two other signatory nations, in a bid to bolster support. The agreement stipulated a gradual lifting of anti-Iranian economic sanctions in exchange for Tehran curbing its nuclear program and allowing inspections to ensure that the nature of the program is peaceful.

After meeting his counterpart in Beijing, Mr Zarif said: "We hope that with this visit to China and other countries we will be able to construct a clear future design for the comprehensive agreement". Moscow has previously stated its strong support for the agreement.

But he added: "If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured".

On Monday Zarif also sent a letter to the United Nations in which he accused the U.S. of showing a "complete disregard for global law" in pulling out of the deal.

He also asserted that the future of the nuclear agreement of July 14, 2015, hinges on the assurance to be given to Iran by the remaining 5 signatory states of the original sextet.

The American leader warned that there may be punishments for the United Kingdom and other European nations when he announced his withdrawal from the "decaying and rotten" agreement last Monday.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said the U.S. still wanted to work with the Europeans on a new deal.

But while he talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power. This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the USA and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

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