Iran Sets May 31 Deadline In Scramble To Salvage Nuclear Deal

29 May, 2018, 13:43 | Author: Diane Mills
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"Europeans must guarantee that they compensate for the loss, and that they buy Iran's oil".

The US, Israel and others have slammed the deal as too limited to Iran's enrichment program, and its failure to deal with Tehran's related ballistic missile program and its involvement in multiple conflicts in the Middle East.

Early Friday morning in Vienna, representatives of the U.K., France, Germany, Russia and China - the remaining signatories to the Iran nuclear deal - met with Tehran officials for talks on mitigating any fallout following the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal.

"We will apply unprecedented financial pressure on the Iranian regime", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in his first major foreign policy address since moving to the State Department from the Central Intelligence Agency. P5+1 is a reference to the five permanent members of the UN Security Council - the U.S., Russia, China, France and Great Britain - plus Germany.

Earlier this week, Pompeo tore into the Iranian regime, saying he threatened to impose the "strongest sanctions in the history" of Iran. The only real difference between Pompeo in 2018 and Kerry in 2013 is that when presented with an obdurate Iranian negotiating partner that said "no" to every demand that it cease its risky behavior, the Americans folded. "I am trying my best to come to a conclusion", he said. Rather, the 12 demands, along with the threat of economic sanctions, are part of Washington's aggressive negotiation strategy and are meant to increase Tehran's fears that regime change might eventually occur.

The United States is ready to respond if Iran decides to resume its nuclear program, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said on Monday, Reuters reported.

Speaking ahead of the Vienna talks, the Iranian official said that for his country to stay in the deal, the relief granted would have to be guaranteed by the other parties involved and that Tehran needs specifics on how that will happen by the end of May. They continued: "We urge the USA to ensure that the structures of the JCPOA can remain intact, and to avoid taking action which obstructs its full implementation by all other parties to the deal".

Pompeo has called for the negotiation of a new deal that would go far beyond the single focus of the nuclear agreement and would have the status of a formal treaty.

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The official said time was running out and that if Iran was not satisfied by European efforts, Iran would seek a ministerial meeting before making its decision.

"We need both legal and political commitments by the remaining participants of the JCPOA, that they can continue the JCPOA with Iran without the USA and they can provide Iran with the benefits of sanction-lifting", stated Araghchi.

He called on them to "guarantee the total sales of Iran's oil", meaning that Europe must promise to make up for any oil sales from third countries which are cancelled because of USA sanctions.

French President Emmanuel Macron wants to complement the nuclear deal with negotiations between all sides over other issues, an idea cautiously received by Russian President Vladimir Putin during talks in St. Petersburg on Thursday. "It does not belong to the United States, it belongs to the whole global community".

Before today's talks, Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Khamenei issued five demands to the EU-including Europe guaranteeing Iran's oil will be completely sold-that European leaders could find quite hard to meet.

In the IAEA's previous report it had said that Iran had informed it of a decision to "construct naval nuclear propulsion in the future".

Unusually for a meeting of the joint commission, IAEA Director General Yukiya Amano was invited to brief the participants on the IAEA's work in Iran.

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