Brussels: Iran's Zarif says talks with European countries on right path


After a 90-minute meeting between Iran and the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany and the European Union foreign policy chief, Mogherini said that the talks were aimed at developing concrete steps to support the Iran Nuclear Deal.

Major European powers and Tehran committed Tuesday to keep working together to save the Iran nuclear deal despite U.S. President Donald Trump's determination to kill it off.

Earlier in the day Ryabkov said Russia´s "European partners" should also work to keep the deal together, in comments reported by news agencies.

Zarif will then travel to Brussels for talks with the European countries that are party to the JCPOA on the possibility of preserving the accord with Iran's interests at its heart.

Zarif's delicate diplomatic mission was complicated by reports of clashes between Iranian and Israeli forces in Syria on Thursday. "Do they want to do business with a threat?" he asked. It is unclear how United States sanctions will affect access to these markets. According to the analyst, European countries may draw Washington's attention to the fact that regardless of United States sanctions China is not going to halt its cooperation with Tehran.

The 3 European countries are signatories to the deal.

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan called Iran's President Hassan Rouhani on Thursday, saying Ankara would continue to respect the nuclear pact, officially known as the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA). She also added that European Union and Iran would hold a meeting on JCPOA in Vienna next week at the level of political directors. However, it never went into effect: Shortly after taking office, Trump signed an executive order that took the USA out of the deal, thus keeping it from entering into force. Seif, whose role is equivalent to the Federal Reserve chairman in the USA, oversees major financial decisions in Iran. Around 120 German firms have operations with their own staff in Iran, including industrial giant Siemens, and some 10,000 other German companies trade with Iran.

Peter Beyer (CDU), the federal government's official commissioner for transatlantic relations, urged German firms operating in Iran on Tuesday to prepare for the swift imposition of US sanctions.

"Already this week, the IRGC (Revolutionary Guards) has fired rockets at Israeli citizens, and Iran's proxies in Yemen have launched a ballistic missile at Riyadh", it said.

Exports of German goods to Iran rose by around 400 million euros to 3 billion euros.

The Kremlin says that Russian Federation and its ex-Soviet allies will sign a free trade pact with Iran.

Russian Federation and Iran sought to strengthen their business ties long before the 2015 agreement, despite global sanctions in place.