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Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Iran official says Europe has 60 days to give nuclear 'guarantees'

Beijing will work further on protecting the Iranian nuclear deal after Washington's withdrawal from the multilateral agreement, Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi said on Sunday.

"China is highly concerned with the direction of the Iranian nuclear issue and is willing to maintain communication with all relevant parties, including Iran", said Geng Shuang, spokesman for China's Foreign Ministry.

President Hassan Rouhani said he had asked Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif to negotiate with European countries, China and Russian Federation in the coming weeks.

In Brussels, Zarif will attend a meeting with his French, German and British counterparts as well as European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini.

President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the deal on Tuesday, raising the risk of conflict in the Middle East, upsetting European allies and casting uncertainty over global oil supplies.

Iran has said it would remain in the JCPOA for now, pending negotiations with the other signatories in the coming weeks before making a final decision on its future role in the agreement.

Before leaving Iran, Zarif published a government statement via Twitter criticising Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognised as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".

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It reiterated that Iran was preparing to resume "industrial-scale" uranium enrichment "without any restrictions" unless Europe provided solid guarantees that it could maintain trade ties despite renewed U.S. sanctions.

He will later head to Moscow and Brussels.

Iran denies that version of events, saying the Israeli strikes were launched on "invented pretexts".

France and other western allies have been critical of Washington's plan to reimpose sanctions on any companies doing business with Iran.

European countries have 60 days to provide "guarantees" to safeguard Iran's interests, after the United States withdrew from the 2015 nuclear deal, Tehran's parliament's website said quoting an Iranian official.

The 2015 agreement sought to curb Iran's nuclear programme in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

"China and Iran have comprehensive strategic partnership and are trade partners and these relations still continue", he noted.


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