Pompeo: Iran Thought It 'Could Act with Impunity' During Nuke Deal

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Iran FM arrives in China on diplomatic tour to save nuclear deal

Richard PompeoTrump thanks North Korea for vow to dismantle nuclear site North Korea will open air space, invite media to cover dismantlement of nuclear test site Pompeo off to fast start as Trump's top diplomat MORE said on Sunday that it is "ludicrous" to suggest that recent tensions between Israel and Iran are a result of the US withdrawal from the nuclear deal with Tehran.

On this weekend's broadcast of "Fox News Sunday", Secretary of State Mike Pompeo describe the nuclear deal with Iran as something that allowed the rogue nation to "act with impunity".

That is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity following Trump's unilateral withdrawal from what he called "a disgusting, one-sided deal", a move accompanied by the threat of penalties against any foreign firms doing business in Iran. "If the European Union leans towards accommodating the USA, all the progress we have made since 2015 will be lost", Agence France-Presse said Sunday, citing a Western trade diplomat in Tehran who spoke on condition of anonymity.

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.

After Beijing, the head of the Iranian guardian will visit Moscow and in Brussels.

"We have had good relations with China before and since the deal", he said.

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Before leaving, Zarif published a government statement on his Twitter page, slamming Trump's "extremist administration" for abandoning "an accord recognized as a victory of diplomacy by the worldwide community".

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".

Trump hit back Saturday evening, tweeting that the accord had failed to contain Iran's militarism.

Meanwhile, European diplomats in Tehran fumed that Trump's decision to withdraw from the nuclear deal could undermine years of patient work to restore commercial and diplomatic ties with the Islamic Republic.

Media captionWhat is the Iran nuclear deal?

We will remind, on may 8, trump has announced the release of Washington from a Joint comprehensive plan of action (SVPD) - transactions, which limited the nuclear program of Tehran in exchange for the lifting of sanctions of the UN Security Council and unilateral restrictions at the time, the United States and the European Union.

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