Lavrov, Zarif, Seek Salvaging Iran's Nuclear Deal, Syrian Presence

Russian senior diplomat, EU ambassador discuss situation around Iran nuclear deal

The United States have made a habit of breaking worldwide rules, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Iran Mohammad Jawad Zarif said during a meeting with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Monday.

He will then go to Brussels to meet counterparts from Germany, Britain and France "about the fate of the nuclear deal", Iranian state television said.

"The Europeans, after the withdrawal of the United States from the deal, have found themselves forced to save the Joint Cooperative Plan of Action themselves", he added.

Europe and Iran sought a united front on Tuesday to save the nuclear deal US President Donald Trump abandoned last week, with Britain warning against regime change and Tehran expressing hope it could keep the economic benefits of the accord.

Germany and France joined him in reiterating their commitment to the deal, which restricts Iran's nuclear capabilities in return for the lifting of economic sanctions.

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Iran's foreign minister departed on a whirlwind diplomatic tour early Sunday as world leaders scramble to salvage something from the wreckage of a landmark nuclear deal in the wake of Washington's withdrawal.

But European diplomats have sought to play down expectations of Tuesday's meetings, stressing the enormous challenge of finding a way around U.S. sanctions punishing foreign businesses trading with Iran, which have global reach. "Our meetings will continue during the upcoming two weeks".

"The U.S. leaving an global agreement does not mean that the worldwide agreement is null and void", Le Drian said.

That is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity following Trump's unilateral withdrawal from what he called "a frightful, one-sided deal", a move accompanied by the threat of penalties against any foreign firms doing business in Iran.

Zarif was due to hold talks later in Brussels with the foreign ministers of Britain, France and Germany.

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Germany's Merkel is set to visit Russian Federation and meet Putin for a working visit in the Black Sea resort of Sochi on Friday, while French President Emmanuel Macron will be in Saint Petersburg later in the month for an economic forum.

In a statement, foreign Minister Wang Yi says China is an important country in the agreement, and the country has done a lot of work to the conditions of the contract have been achieved and implemented.

Under the deal, Iran undertakes to curb its nuclear activities and place them under total control of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in exchange of abandonment of the sanctions imposed previously by the United Nations Security Council, the European Union and the United States over its nuclear program.

Analysts have suggested Russian Federation could benefit economically from the USA pullout, as it is less exposed to the consequences of renewed sanctions than Europe.

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