Zarif embarks on journey to save nuclear deal by first visiting China

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Iran's Foreign Minister Javad Zarif has begun a diplomatic tour to seek assurances that signatories to a landmark nuclear deal will back it despite its abandonment by the US.

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal?

Several Irish firms began trading with Iran, the Middle East's second-largest economy, in the wake of the 2015 deal to control Tehran's nuclear ambitions, which led to the lifting of long-standing worldwide sanctions and the resumption of formal trade ties with several European countries.

He made the remarks in an interview with Fox News, after U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew from the deal on Tuesday.

Whatever the immediate outcome of the planned talks between Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jung-un, the United States repudiation of the Iran deal makes clear that the Korean Peninsula "peace talks" are a tactical maneuver aimed at facilitating U.S. imperialist violence and banditry.

To suggest that somehow the withdrawal from the JCPOA is driving the Iranian conduct that has taken place during the JCPOA in Yemen, the rise in Hezbollah, all of those things took place during the JCPOA.

A number of European companies, including Airbus, Siemens and Total, had established operations in Iran since the signing of the deal.

The Iranian foreign minister highlighted the need for other parties to the JCPOA to provide "sufficient guarantees" that assure Tehran of being able to "reap the benefits" of the nuclear deal.

The deal's proponents say it is crucial to forestalling a nuclear Iran and preventing wider war in the Middle East.

"Unfortunately once again we see that Washington is trying to revise key global agreements as it happens to Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, as it happens to Jerusalem (al-Quds) problem and a number of other agreements", the top Russian diplomat said.

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has called the USA withdrawal "impudent" and "worthless". After years of crippling economic sanctions, the deal opened Iran to business with the U.S. and Europe, and companies around the world began doing business in Iran.

In the past, the European Union has also lodged complaints at the World Trade Organization.

On Sunday, the Iranian foreign minister visited China and after his meeting with Lavrov he headed to Brussels to meet the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy Federica Mogherini, and the foreign ministers of Germany, France and the United Kingdom.

In the aftermath of Washington's pullout, Europeans are seeking ways to protect the interests of their firms doing business in Iran and help them escape the brunt of the upcoming USA sanctions.

"If the government of New Zealand obeys any sanction against Iran, it is not sanction against Iran it is a sanction against the New Zealand companies", Mr Mianji said.

During his CNN interview, Bolton also said that "it's possible" sanctions could be placed on European companies that continue to do business with Iran after the USA pullout from the 2015 nuclear deal.

This article has been adapted from its original source.

"So far we have had very positive signals from signatories of the deal. but what is important is for Europeans to find a way to protect their investors from USA penalties (when they invest in Iran)", a senior Iranian diplomat said.

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