Iran hopes to keep nuclear agreement

Iran hopes to keep nuclear agreement

Iran and Sri Lanka signed five agreements today following talks between President Maithripala Sirisena the President of Iran, Hassan Rouhani.

European allies like French President Emmanuel Macron, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, and British Prime Minister Theresa May have been heavily critical of Trump's decision to pull out of the agreement and have said that the US leaving the deal does not mean their respective countries would do so.

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif kicked off a tour of other countries involved in the agreement with a visit to China on Saturday, noting that the tour was meant to reassure other signatory countries and discuss ways to restructure the deal.

In response to Trump's move, Rouhani referred to the US' exit from the nuclear accord as a "violation of morals" in remarks broadcast by state television, reported Reuters.

United States presidential national security adviser John Bolton said earlier in the day that sanctions on European companies doing business with Iran were possible, but it would depend on the policy of the European governments.

Mrs May also said it is in both countries' interests to maintain the deal, before adding that Tehran must continue to meet its obligations under the pact.

Rowhani has said Iran would stay committed to the deal, which Britain, China, France, Germany and Russian Federation also signed, provided those powers could ensure Iran was protected from sanctions against key sectors of its economy such as oil.

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He also referred to good cooperation between Iran and Sri Lanka in worldwide organisations and communities, saying: "The Islamic Republic of Iran's foreign policy is based on peace, security and constructive interaction with the world".

The three European states have also recommitted to the agreement, but senior cleric Ayatollah Ahmad Khatami told worshippers at Tehran University on Friday that Europe was not to be trusted.

It is not clear how the USA removal from the deal will affect President Trump's upcoming meeting with North Korean leader Kim Jong Un.

With the deal on shaky ground in the face of fierce opposition from hardliners at home, some analysts say Mr Rouhani faces the prospect of serving out his second term as a lame duck leader.

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

Against withdrawal from the agreement made by the European Union and the Russian Federation.

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