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26 May 2018, 03:26 | Floyd Cook
Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif arrives at the EU council in Brussels Belgium
Under the landmark accord, Iran had accepted limits on its nuclear programme in exchange for relief from global trade, oil and banking sanctions.
The European Union is engaged in high stakes talks with Tehran after President Donald Trump abandoned the Iran nuclear deal, putting the global agreement on life support. While the European Union is taking measures to block the USA sanctions, it is ultimately up to the Continent's banks and companies to decide if they can stomach the risk of running afoul US sanctions.
Nations that remain in the agreement meet on Friday for the first time since Trump left the pact, but diplomats see limited scope for salvaging it. "We take two completely different paths", German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas told reporters in Washington after a 75-minute meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo late on May 23.
"I am personally maybe not optimistic but".
Mr Khamenei made five demands to European countries, warning unless they were met Iran would resume its enrichment of uranium.
A Foreign Office spokesman said: "We have raised with the U.S. the need to make allowance for continued economic ties between Europe and Iran".
He said that in theory the deal could survive without the United States, but acknowledged "in practice I'm not sure". "The Plan B has just started to be figured out".
"Our position is very clear: Make the JCPOA (Iran deal) a successful story, then come to us and ask for dialogue or discussion or negotiation on other subjects", the Iranian official said.
The "maximalist" demands would be tough for European leader to meet, but Khamenei has shown he is willing to budge in the past. "We made the JCPOA in good faith and we remained committed to the JCPOA and they just pulled out.so name me a single reason why we should enter into a new negotiation with the USA or a new deal?" The accord's demise threatens to lift limits on Tehran's nuclear program, disrupt billions of dollars in planned European investment in Iran, exacerbate transatlantic relations and disrupt oil flows from OPEC's third biggest producer.
Trump denounced the accord, completed under his predecessor Barack Obama, because it did not cover Iran's ballistic missile program, its role in Middle East conflicts or what happens after the deal begins to expire in 2025.
The Iranian official said on Friday: "We don't have enough time". Some Western companies have already quit Iran or said they may have to leave because of the new US sanctions.
Iran has struggled to benefit from the accord so far, partly because of remaining unilateral USA sanctions that have deterred major Western investors from doing business with Tehran.
Mr Pompeo said the United States would inflict the "strongest sanctions in history" on Iran unless it agreed to 12 American demands, including withdrawing from Syria and halting its funding of militant groups like Hizbollah and Hamas.
"The heads of the three European countries must pledge to avoid mentioning Iran's missile program and presence in the region".
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