Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Finance | By Claude Patterson

Iran hails "constructive meeting" with EU on nuclear deal

Iran hails

Iran's foreign minister said Sunday he was hopeful of forging a "clear future design" for the nuclear deal facing collapse after Washington's withdrawal, at the start of a diplomatic tour aimed at rescuing the agreement. It's a UN Security Council Resolution and it belongs to the entire world, " said Mogherini, who will chair talks Tuesday with the British, French, German and Iranian foreign ministers in Brussels.

That is part of a flurry of diplomatic activity lined up following Tuesday's unilateral withdrawal from what US President Donald Trump called "a frightful, one-sided deal", a move accompanied by the threat of penalties against any foreign firms doing business in Iran.

"They agreed on the need for calm on all sides and on the importance of tackling Iran's destabilising activity in the region", the spokeswoman said.

"While prices are now rising on Trump's decision to reimpose sanctions on Iran, we may see some limitations to the rally as any lost volumes can be supplied by other producing nations".

The major force that could hold the region back from all-out war is Russian Federation, said Boston College political science professor Ali Banuazizi.

"I doubt very much this will lead to an all-out war between Iran and Israel", said Banuazizi, director of BC's Islamic Civilization and Societies program.

"The repeated attacks by the Zionist regime on Syrian territory were carried out under pretexts that were invented", he added.

The fiery barrage came less than two days after Trump reimposed nuclear-related sanctions on Tehran despite the opposition of European allies and Russian Federation, and despite repeated confirmation by a United Nations agency that Iran was complying with the 2015 deal.

President Donald Trump has been a fierce critic of the 2015 nuclear deal and is weighing pulling the US out of the agreement.

Palestinian commentators have noted that the timing of the move feels like salt in a wound, as the ceremony will take place on the anniversary of Israel's founding - a day they call the "Naqba", or "disaster", because hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were forced to flee their homes.

"If the nuclear deal is to continue, the interests of the people of Iran must be assured", he added. Judging from his words - and those of national security adviser John Bolton - the new White House goal is to facilitate regime change in Tehran.

"We think that the fight against nuclear non-proliferation is important and this agreement means that nuclear non-proliferation is possible because Iran will not go all the way to build nuclear weapons". The deal between Iran, Russia and other members of the Moscow-dominated Eurasian Economic Union is set to be signed next week.

This, along with its diplomatic moves to orchestrate an end to the Syrian conflict, has put Moscow at loggerheads with the USA and Europe, which have intervened against the regime.

Riedel noted that the USA was no longer playing the role it has traditionally occupied in the Middle East.

"Some disillusionment has set in over the past two years, as Iranians have not been seeing as much economic benefit as many of them had hoped and expected", said Paul Pillar, a 28-year veteran of the Central Intelligence Agency and fellow in the Center for Security Studies at Georgetown University.

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