Iran, China agree to maintain nuclear deal

German FM vows tougher policy toward Washington amid Iran 'disappointment'

German FM vows tougher policy toward Washington amid Iran 'disappointment'

Iran's foreign minister has held talks in China as he began a diplomatic tour with the remaining signatories of a multinational nuclear deal following the recent U.S. withdrawal from the landmark 2015 pact.

Upon his arrival, Mr. Zarif met with his Chinese counterpart Wang Yi.

Zarif's diplomatic tour took him to Beijing at the weekend and will see him visit Brussels later in the week, as the worldwide backers of the agreement scramble to save it.

Wang said China will take an "objective, fair and responsible attitude, keep communication and cooperation with all parties concerned, and continue to work to maintain the (Iran nuclear) deal".

Zarif will be visiting China first, then Russian Federation.

"We hope this visit in China and other countries to create a clear future framework of the agreement concluded in 2015", said Mohammad Javad Zarif.

Lavrov and Zarif will discuss the "possibility of preserving the Iran nuclear deal", according to Russian state media agency TASS. The issue will likely be a focus of discussions between the Iranian and European foreign ministers in Brussels.

Lots of listeners in Iran have implied the bargain is unlikely to endure.

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After Moscow, Zarif will travel to Brussels on May 15 to hold meetings with the foreign ministers of France, Germany, and Britain, as well as EU Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini to discuss the accord.

A few days ago, China's Global Times said in an article justifying Beijing's engagement with Pyongyang ahead of North Korean leader Kim Jong-un's summit with US President Donald Trump in Singapore on June 12.

Iran's main concern is that renewed USA sanctions will have a far-reaching impact on the willingness of non-American companies and banks to deal with Iran, crippling its trade, oil exports and an already strained economy.

Fellow signatories to the deal have been quick to denounce Trump's decision.

Senior EU politicians recently threatened that the 28-nation bloc is ready to challenge any move that may harm their businesses in the Iranian market at the World Trade Organization (WTO).

The deal was negotiated between Iran and the five permanent members of the U.N. Security Council - Britain, China, France, Russia and the United States - plus Germany.

"That's what we are going to do, and I will be hard at it with the Europeans in the next several days", he said.

Trump has said the United States would be reinstating the anti-Iran bans lifted under the JCPOA and also slapping the "highest level" of economic sanctions on Tehran, prompting anger among other parties to the Iran deal, which unanimously denounced Washington and vowed to stay committed to their side of the deal.

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