Iranian foreign minister visits Beijing amid nuclear deal crisis

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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. In a separate interview on CNN's "State of the Union", he said Iran's economic condition is "really quite shaky", so the impact of sanctions "could be dramatic".

"â€We expect it has worth even when America has determined to stroll away, so we’ll be taking a look at a package deal of measures that we might be able to devise as Europeans, to encourage the Iranians to remain within the deal".

After their meeting, Zarif and Wang hailed the "comprehensive strategic partnership" between their countries, with the Chinese minister saying: "I hope and believe that these visits to multiple countries will ... help protect Iran's legitimate national interests and peace and stability in the region".

The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), known as the deal on Iran's nuclear program, was signed between Iran and six global mediators (the United Kingdom, Germany, China, Russia, the United States, and France) on July 14, 2015. "The policy of the administration is to make sure that Iran never gets close to deliverable nuclear weapons".

Indeed, the major reasons for the United States withdrawal from the JCPOA on the Iranian nuclear program are not linked to the agreement itself, but to Washington's approach to Tehran's policy in the Middle East, Ryabkov said. "We don't have much to threaten the Americans".

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TAPPER: The U.S. essentially, at least as of now, going it alone, how will that force Iran back to the table? We have the support of Israel. And the consequences of American sanctions go well beyond goods shipped by American companies, because of our technology licenses to many other countries and businesses around the world. He said he spoke to U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin to request exceptions for French companies, a delay in implementing sanctions, and a so-called grandfather clause for companies that invested in Iran while the treaty was in place. But even assuming that he is right, what evidence is there that Iran would agree to terms more favorable to the United States after we left an existing agreement when, at the very least, they have support from Russian Federation and China?

The EU insists the deal is working, pointing to repeated United Nations inspections verifying Iran's compliance with its side of the bargain, and Mogherini's spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic told AFP ahead Zarif's arrival that "we must do our utmost to preserve it". "So I don't think this should be seen as anything less than a major step".

"For the first time, Iran has the chance to show the world they are not the rogue nation they are always presented as, that they negotiated in good faith and keep to their commitments", said Karim Emile Bitar of the Institute for worldwide and Strategic Studies in Paris. Other companies decided they didn't want to have anything to do with Iran. "We will be hard at that in the weeks ahead".

Iranian hardliners - who have long opposed President Hassan Rouhani's moves to improve ties with the West - are already mobilizing against the efforts to save the nuclear deal.

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