Iran's FM leaves for Beijing for talks on nuke deal

Iran's FM leaves for Beijing for talks on nuke deal

Iran's FM leaves for Beijing for talks on nuke deal

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif touched down in Moscow on Monday morning as part of a series of global diplomatic meetings aimed at saving the Iran nuclear deal following the United States' withdrawal.

US President Donald's Trump's decision to abandon the nuclear deal has infuriated Washington's allies in Europe as well as China and Russian Federation.

The current tensions around the Iranian nuclear deal follow an announcement by US President Donald Trump that the United States would pull out of the deal.

Iran denies financing extremist violence and says its nuclear program is strictly for civilian purposes.

Based on Rouhani's order, Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif is expected to leave Tehran for Beijing on Sunday, May 13 and then to Moscow.

"I would like to point out that Russian Federation and other participants in the deal - China and the European countries - also have their legitimate interests enshrined in this agreement", he added. "Thus we need to collaboratively insist on the lawful interests of each one of us".

After the Chinese capital, Zarif will attend talks in Moscow and Brussels with representatives of the pact's other signatories.

After meeting his Chinese counterpart on Sunday, Mr. Zarif said he was hopeful of forging a "clear future design" for the accord.

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German Chancellor Angela Merkel and her French counterpart, Emmanuel Macron, have also expressed concerns over Washington's decision.

Erdoğan has repeatedly voiced his concern over the US move, saying that for Turkey, "any action that threatens peace in the region is risky". At the same time he said the United States was prepared for concluding another agreement on new terms.

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic. The conditions Washington has set for Tehran to meet are utterly unrealistic.

"If at the end of this short period we conclude that we can fully benefit from the nuclear accord, the deal would remain", he said.

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

After Moscow, Zarif will travel to Brussels to meet with European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini, who is scheduled to host a meeting of German, French, and British foreign ministers on May 15 to discuss the accord.

President Hassan Rouhani said he had asked foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to negotiate with European countries, China and Russian Federation in the coming weeks. "We believe that this agreement should continue to be implemented as long as Iran sticks to the nuclear commitments".

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