Iran seeks 'clear future design' for imperilled nuclear deal

Iran seeks 'clear future design' for imperilled nuclear deal

Earlier on Sunday, Iranian President Hassan Rouhani said Iran would remain committed to the deal "if the remaining five countries abide by the agreement".

Al Jazeera's Zein Basravi, reporting from Tehran, said Zarif's tour was an attempt to "salvage the nuclear deal and keep it on life support".

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

The trip comes after U.S. President Donald Trump announced on May 8 that Washington was walking away from the agreement, officially called the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA).

Under the deal signed in Vienna with six world powers - China, France, Russia, the United Kingdom, the US, Germany, and the European Union - Iran scaled back its uranium enrichment programme and promised not to pursue nuclear weapons in exchange for the lifting of economic sanctions.

"Considering the fact that the European Union member states have made the most requests that after America's withdrawal it wants to stay in the JCPOA, we should see how these countries ensure that the interests of Iran will be guaranteed despite America's pullout", he stated. "I think [Iranian President Hassan] Rouhani and [Iraniani Foreign Minister Javad] Zarif need to explain why it's the case that while this agreement was in place Iran continued its march across the Middle East". Iran wants the Europeans and others to give it clear-cut guarantees about fulfilling their obligations if Tehran remains in the deal.

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Media captionAnalysis: What's next for the Iran deal?

Protesters burned an American flag and railed against the United States and Israel after emerging from Friday prayers in Tehran.

A photo on the official Instagram site of supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei showed him reading a Farsi translation of Michael Wolff's blistering account of the Trump White House, "Fire and Fury", quickly picking up more than 100,000 likes.

But analysts said Iran was determined to maintain the moral high ground in the coming weeks.

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

Lavrov and Zarif have other issues to discuss as well, primarily the situation in Syria, which deteriorated in the wake of Washington's decision to withdraw from the JCPOA.

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