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World powers vow to save Iran nuclear deal after US pullout

World powers vowed yesterday to uphold a landmark deal curbing Iran’s nuclear programme after President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the agreement, raising fears of a fresh confrontation with Tehran.

Trump’s decision to ditch the accord and reimpose sanctions on the Islamic republic risks overturning years of painstaking diplomacy, worsening instability in the Middle East and threatens foreign companies’ business in Iran worth billions of dollars.

Trump said a deal with Iran would have to include not just deeper restrictions on its nuclear programme, but on its ballistic missiles and support for militant groups across the Middle East.

“We will not allow a regime that chants ‘Death to America’ to gain access to the most deadly weapons on Earth,” he said.

“The risks of confrontation are real,” warned France’s Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, adding that Europe would act to “avoid the explosion (of conflict) that risks happening if… no measures are taken.”

Trump’s advisor John Bolton said earlier that European firms doing business in Iran have a six-month deadline to wind up investments or risk US sanctions. European governments are going “to do everything to protect the interests” of their companies, said an official in the French presidency, who asked not to be named.

China said it will maintain “normal economic and trade exchanges” with Iran despite Trump’s decision. Beijing will “remain in dialogue with all parties and continue to devote itself to safeguard and implement the deal,” a spokesman said.

Britain, a signatory to the 2015 deal, said it remained committed, with Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson urging Washington “to avoid taking action that would hinder other parties from continuing to make the agreement work.”

But the UN’s nuclear watchdog, which is charged with ensuring Iran abides by the terms of the deal, said Wednesday Tehran was upholding its “nuclear-related commitments”. “Iran is subject to the world’s most robust nuclear verification regime,” said International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) director-general Yukiya Amano.

The French, British and German foreign ministers will meet Iranian representatives on Monday, Le Drian told RTL radio. French President Emmanuel Macron was also to speak with his Iranian counterpart Hassan Rouhani by telephone on Wednesday afternoon about “our wish to stay in the agreement,” Le Drian said.

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  1. Ezekiel Okeke 10th May 2018 at 6:31 am

    If Iran thinks union of EU will guarantee Iranian existence securities and freedom in 21st century world, Iran will exist under EU in this 21st century world. Union of UN with its international instruments belongs to 20th century world international order which is dead and gone forever. The birth of 21st century world international order has come with Southern Countries Union- SCU led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, with its international instruments for finance, trade etc- which comprises countries of Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe. It is up to countries of EU to decide under which union they will exist in this 21st century world- either under union of EU or under a union with North America. This is 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  2. Ezekiel Okeke 10th May 2018 at 6:43 am

    America has fallen forever. America no longer has power or legitimacy of any sanction, trade dictatorship etc. in this 21st century world international order. 20th century world international order instruments America abusively used against many countries and people who fought for the 20th century world international order, is dead and gone forever. This is 21st century world international order which has Southern Countries Union- SCU led by Russia, Turkey representing Europe, China, India, Japan, Indonesia representing Asia, Brazil, Mexico representing South America, Egypt, South Africa representing Africa, with Southern Union Bank- SUB, Southern Monetary Fund- SMF, with its international instruments for finance, trade etc. It is up to countries of EU to decide under which union they will exist in this 21st century world international order- either under union of EU or under a union with North America of USA, Canada. America only has to think about how America will pay member states of SCU America is owing- China, Russia, Japan etc. This is 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  3. Ezekiel Okeke 10th May 2018 at 7:02 am

    World Powers of 21st century world international order under Southern Countries Union- SCU which comprises Asia, Africa, South America and parts of Europe, are Russia, China, India, Brazil, Japan, South Africa, Turkey, Mexico, Egypt, Indonesia. Countries of EU has to decide under which union they will exist in this 21st century world- either under union of EU or under a union with North America. This is 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

  4. Ezekiel Okeke 10th May 2018 at 7:44 am

    If Iran is member state of Southern Countries Union- SCU, any Britain, France, Germany talks with Iran is a waste. Any Britain, France, Germany talks with Iran will only be useful if Iran is an EU member state. If Iran is a Southern Countries Union- SCU member state, only SCU decides Iranian existence securities and freedom in 21st century world. SCU member states relations with EU countries will only be handled on the platform of SCU and EU. This is 21st century world. God Is With Us!!!

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