Ready to restart nuclear programme: Iran

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Ryabkov

On May 9, U.S. President Donald Trump withdrew its country from its participation in the landmark nuclear agreement world powers struck with Iran in 2015.

Foreign Ministers of Britain, France and Germany will hold a meeting in Brussels on Tuesday to discuss the Iran nuclear deal after U.S. decision to pull out of it.

Moscow "is not scared" On a visit to Tehran on Thursday, Russian deputy foreign minister Sergei Ryabkov said the two countries meant to continue "all round economic cooperation".

The Iran nuclear deal can survive without the United States' support, Federica Mogherini, the EU's foreign policy chief, said on Friday.

European political leaders are scrambling to save the deal with Iran in a bid to keep the country's nuclear ambitions in check. The deal's official name is the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action or JCPOA.

"Since the signing of the JCPOA (nuclear deal), we have gone from an atmosphere like a gold rush, to one of utter depression", said a Western trade diplomat on condition of anonymity.

"It allowed us to agree on a common set of lines of actions and measures to put in place on which we will start working tomorrow".

Commenting on the United States withdrawal from the deal, Merkel said that European countries can no longer rely on the U.S. "to protect it", adding that "Europe must take its destiny into its own hands".

The letter states, "the President of the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran has been tasked with taking all necessary steps in preparation for Iran to pursue industrial-scale enrichment without any restrictions, using the results of the latest research and development of Iran's fearless nuclear scientists".

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"I would like our debate to reconfirm without any doubt that as long as Iran respects the provisions of the deal, the European Union will also respect it", Tusk said in a letter to the leaders on the eve of the summit.

The Iranian regime released a statement Thursday threatening to start up "industrial-scale enrichment" of uranium unless other parties to the nuclear deal agree to remain after the USA withdrawal.

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

Boris Johnson has held talks with his French and German counterparts as they work to save the Iran nuclear deal after the U.S. made a decision to withdraw from the agreement.

"We have to be realistic about the electrified rail, the live wire of American extraterritoriality and how (it) can serve as a deterrent to business", Johnson told reporters.

Zarif will hold high-pressure talks with the other parties to the deal, first in Beijing and Moscow, and then with his counterparts from Britain, France and Germany in Brussels on Tuesday. He said Russian President Vladimir Putin will discuss Washington's withdrawal from the Iranian deal with German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Emmanuel Macron, who are set to visit Russia later this month.

But analysts said Iran was determined to maintain the moral high ground in the coming weeks. The 2 countries want to discuss possible restrictions on Iran's ballistic missile development program.

Britain, France and Germany led a campaign to persuade Trump to stick with the deal negotiated by his predecessor Barack Obama, arguing that it was the most effective way of stopping Iran developing nuclear weapons.

Iran's foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the United States withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria.

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