Iran and world powers meet as they struggle to save nuclear deal


From the moment President Donald Trump pulled the US out of the Iran Nuclear deal, a.k.a.

"What I noticed during this meeting is that all the members, even the three allies, have committed and have the political will to take action and resist the United States", Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif told a press conference, broadcast by Iran's Fars news agency, after talks in Vienna.

Germany's foreign minister said on Friday world powers would not be able to fully compensate for companies leaving Iran due to new us sanctions, but warned Tehran that abandoning its nuclear deal would cause more harm to its economy.

Rouhani was quoted by state media and on his website after calls with French President Emmanuel Macron and German Chancellor Angela Merkel as having told them he was disappointed with their package which did not go far enough.

Since Trump's shock move in May, Washington has warned other countries to end trade and investment in the Islamic republic and stop buying its oil from early November or face punitive measures.

The meeting was chaired by EU High Representative Federica Mogherini and attended at the ministerial level by China, France, Germany, Russia, Britain and Iran.

"Failure to maintain and implement the deal would not only affect the Iran nuclear issue itself but also cause serious negative impacts on the functioning of the non-proliferation regime as well as on the situation in the Middle East", Wang said.

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The Vienna meeting of foreign ministers will discuss the European offer that aims to persuade Iran to stick with the 2015 deal, a European diplomat said without specifying the measures.

Iran is also anxious about continuing its oil exports to other markets and about being shut out of worldwide bank payments systems.

"The Iranians expect the others to say what we are going to do to keep the deal alive". The rial currency has fallen, prices have risen and the country has been hit by street protests and strikes.

However, U.S. President Donald Trump decided on May 8 to quit the nuclear deal and vowed to re-impose sanctions, including oil embargo, on Tehran. "We expect a clear action plan from Europe with a timetable so it can compensate for the USA exit from the deal".

Washington considers Iran a state sponsor of terrorism, with links to Lebanon's Hezbollah, Hamas in the Palestinian territories and networks in Iraq and Yemen, and demands it stop supporting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The new round of diplomacy has been clouded after security services said they had foiled an alleged plot to bomb a Paris rally by an exiled Iranian opposition group, the People s Mujahedeen of Iran.