Lavrov calls situation on Iran deal a 'crisis'

Zarif arrives in Moscow

Zarif arrives in Moscow

"Germany, France and Britain, the 'EU3, ' say themselves that Iran poses a threat".

In Iran, thousands of people continue to take to the streets to protest the U.S. withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

Trump made his disdain for the Obama-era Iran deal well known from the start of his campaign for president in 2015.

These same foreign ministers once spent weeks trying to toughen sanctions on Iran over its ballistic missile program and its support for groups like Hamas and Hezbollah to please Mr. Trump and get him to agree to stay in the nuclear accord.

This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the Syrian conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the U.S. and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

"That's not true. That's not true", the senior Trump official said.

"So, the president has to make a decision where America's national interests lie". I have one today at 6:00.

That key regional allies Israel and Saudi Arabia back Trump's decision should indicate a possible opening to reshape the worldwide landscape against the direction the Iranian regime demands.

Iranian hardliners - who have long opposed President Hassan Rouhani's moves to improve ties with the West - are already mobilizing against the efforts to save the nuclear deal.

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Mogherini said European Union experts were aiming to come up with concrete proposals in the coming weeks on nine key issues including ensuring Iran could sell its oil and gas products and have access to worldwide finance. The impact will be on those remaining in the Iran nuclear deal, especially the nations which, under UN rules, are allowed to buy Iranian crude oil but could be stymied by sanctions via the U.S. banking system.

The files - declared "authentic" by the United States government - document Iran's extensive work on nuclear weapons, including planned site tests, miniaturization of warheads and ballistic missile delivery vehicles. "The deal didn't push war further away, it actually brought it closer". They now say they intend to negotiate with Iran to salvage what's left of the deal.

He told CNN on Sunday that Tehran "hid behind the deal" to expand in Iraq, Syria, Lebanon and Yemen.

It follows a visit by the Iranian diplomat to Beijing on Sunday where he stressed the importance of keeping the accords, which were signed in 2015 with the aim of both halting Tehran's nuclear ambitions and stimulating the country's economy. The stumbling block was the "sunset" clauses, which would allow Iran to resume fissile material enhancement within a decade.

If the discussions between Iran and the other parties to the deal aren't fruitful, Iran will be back on the path to becoming a nuclear power.

"The Secretary underlined that the United States and our European allies share strong interests in preventing Iran from ever developing a nuclear weapon and in countering the Iranian regime's destabilising activities in the region", spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement.

"European businesses no longer have those investments available, their trade is winding down", he said.

And for anyone who tries to dismiss those concerns, I would remind you that his newly installed National Security Adviser John Bolton wrote an article a few years ago entitled "To Stop Iran's Bomb, Bomb Iran".

He said that Russian Federation had confirmed its readiness to respect the deal following a meeting with Sergei Lavrov in Moscow, and that the two countries would do everything they could to save the landmark deal. I don't know how to explain why people could miss what the president was saying.

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