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Europeans must guarantee benefits to Iran of nuclear deal - Zarif

Crude oil surged 7% so far in 2018 and hit a three-year high of $64.81 a barrel on Monday reflecting confidence that an epic supply glut may finally be over because of production cuts by OPEC and Russia Europeans must guarantee benefits to Iran of nuclear deal - Zarif
Nellie Chapman | 16 May, 2018, 07:14

This source had also said the impact of USA sanctions on Iranian supplies needed to be assessed first and Saudi Arabia did not expect any physical impact on the market until the third or fourth quarters.

Mohammad Javad Zarif talked with Federica Mogherini to prepare a bigger meeting later on Tuesday with the three other European Union partners in the landmark deal - Germany, France and Britain.

US President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington withdrew from the 2015 Iranian nuclear deal as it provides Iran with possibilities of creating a nuclear bomb bypassing all now in force restrictions under the agreement and added that another deal should be signed with Tehran.

Zarif also discussed current events, tying the USA decision to move its capital to Jerusalem to a long trend where the United States ignores global consensus and agreements.

Ushakov said Putin will discuss the USA withdrawal from the Iranian deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are set to visit Russian Federation later this month.

However, last week UK President Donald Trump announced he was pulling out of the deal and reimposing sanctions.

The US will re-impose the nuclear-related sanctions on Iran's economy and oil exports, which were waived under the JCPOA.

Iran on Friday condemned Israel's air raids in Syria, saying they had been launched on "invented pretexts".

But other countries around the world, including Germany, France and the United Kingdom, have said they would like to keep the original deal, known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPoA), in place.

"The repeated attacks by the Zionist regime on Syrian territory were carried out under pretexts that were invented", he added.

The pact's signing had been planned for long time, but the move coincides with the USA move to re-impose sanctions against Iran that have rattled USA allies.

"The decision was made because it was viewed to be in the best interests of the United States and something the president had promised during the campaign", said David Friedman, the USA ambassador to Israel.

But while Secretary of State Mike Pompeo talked up the prospect of renewed coordination with America's allies, another top aide reminded Europe its companies could face sanctions if they continue to do business with the Middle Eastern power.

White House national security adviser John Bolton says "regime change" in Iran is not now part of the administration's policy, despite his past suggestions that the United States should push for a new government in Tehran.

"We are stakeholders in the Vienna agreement and we are going to stay stakeholders".

"The final aim of these negotiations is to seek assurances that the interests of the Iranian nation will be defended", Mohammad Javad Zarif said at the start of a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov. "We have no illusions about Iran's disruptive behavior but we think we can tackle those in other ways", Johnson said. "It would not stop Iran from getting nuclear weapons".

Meanwhile, the USA government tried to further pinch Iran's finances by disrupting a currency exchange network allegedly used to transfer millions of dollars to Iran's Revolutionary Guard. "Do we accept that the United States is the economic gendarme of the planet?"