Iran's Rouhani signals willingness to stay in nuclear deal

Posted May 14, 2018

Addressing the meeting of high-ranking delegations of Iran and Sri Lanka in Tehran on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani described relations between the two countries positive and friendly and said, "the Islamic Republic of Iran is ready to deepen relations with Sri Lanka in all fields as Sri Lanka is a friendly country".

The country's foreign minister Mohammad Javad Zarif too is seeking to salvage the deal, this weekend commencing a tour with the other signatories in the hopes the agreement can be "re-designed" without the U.S. Mr. Zarif is now on a tour of signatory nations in a last-ditch effort to save the deal.

Mr Rouhani has said Iran would stay committed to the deal, which Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation also signed, provided those powers could ensure Iran was protected from sanctions against key sectors of its economy such as oil.

"China is willing to maintain communication and co-ordination with all relevant parties, including Iran, and take an objective, fair and responsible attitude to continue to safeguard the.agreement", Wang said.

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He was warmly welcomed by Iran's President Hassan Rouhani at Saadabad Palace.

US President Donald Trump's pullout has upset Washington's European allies, cast uncertainty over global oil supplies and raised the risk of conflict in the Middle East. He added, however, that other Treaty partners - Germany, France, Britain, China and Russian Federation - can still save the agreement and the credibility of worldwide agreements.

The head of the Revolutionary Guards, Mohammed Ali Jafari, also criticised "certain officials" who "look to outsiders". Trump now plans to introduce fresh sanctions against Iran, which will have a negative impact on United Kingdom businesses operating in the country.

"It's possible. It depends on the conduct of other governments", Bolton said on CNN's State of the Union.

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